As the global community continues to grapple with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Atlantic Council is open for business. Our business, meetings, and events, however, are occurring virtually. For more information, please read an update from our President and CEO.

Please join the Atlantic Council for the second event in our forum “Trusted Connectivity: Securing Digital Infrastructure in an Era of Strategic Competition with China,” featuring the Prime Minister of Estonia H.E. Kaja Kallas, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District), and NSC Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness Peter Harrell. This event, co-hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its Forward Defense practice area, the Digital Forensic Research Lab, the Europe Center, the GeoEconomics Center, and the GeoTech Center, will take place on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  EDT via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please register by clicking the REGISTER button above.

In an era defined by both revolutionary technological advancements and accelerating geopolitical competition, modernizing global infrastructure is not only a profound economic opportunity but also a key security imperative. Our June 2021 #ACFrontPage event, featuring President of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid and US Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger, introduced the concept of “trusted connectivity” as a strategic framework for democratic nations to incentivize ambitious and interconnected infrastructure projects among the private sector, and to provide a viable alternative to authoritarian efforts like China’s exploitative Belt and Road Initiative. Yet there remain significant hurdles to implementing this framework. Technological and legal standards, industries and the products they develop, and visions for the future of economic vitality, societal resilience, and national security are not aligned among many democratic nations. If trusted connectivity is to serve as a key pillar alongside existing US and allied initiatives like Build Back Better World, the Blue Dot Network, and the US Innovation and Competition Act, the United States and its allies and partners need to overcome these obstacles along the path to trusted global infrastructure.

In advance of the Tallinn Digital Summit this September, Prime Minister of Estonia H.E. Kaja Kallas will join the Atlantic Council to discuss how the United States, European nations, and their respective industries should collaborate through policy, law, and market forces to build trusted connectivity into their emerging digital and physical infrastructure, using the Three Seas Initiative as a foundational example. Prime Minister Kallas will be joined by Representative Ro Khanna, who will share how the imperative to invest in secure digital and physical infrastructure relates to key legislative initiatives like the US Innovation and Competition Act, and NSC Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness Peter Harrell, who will address the nexus of economics, security, and statecraft and explore how democratic governments can better incentivize the private sector to invest in ambitious infrastructure projects, especially in the face of a Chinese system that allows its government to heavily influence its companies.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an important and timely discussion. To receive the virtual Zoom link, please register by completing the registration form below. 

A keynote discussion featuring

Prime Minister H.E. Kaja Kallas
Prime Minister
The Republic of Estonia

Rep. Ro Khanna
Representative, California’s 17th Congressional District
US House of Representatives

Mr. Peter Harrell
Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness
National Security Council

Co-hosted by

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.

Forward Defense shapes the debate around the greatest military challenges facing the United States and its allies, and creates forward-looking assessments of the trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

Europe Center

Providing expertise and building communities to promote transatlantic leadership and a strong Europe in turbulent times.

The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.

The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.