ReportJun 13, 2022
Toward a Democratic Technology Alliance: An innovation edge that favors freedom
By Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig
A Democratic Technology Alliance would facilitate the development of common rules and norms in the technology space, consistent with democratic values, and ensure that the free world prevails in the race for advanced technologies.
Ash Jain is currently serving as a senior policy advisor with the US Department of Homeland Security. He was previously director for Democratic Order with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, where his work focused on strengthening cooperation among democracies and advancing a rules-based order in an era of strategic competition. He also led coordination of the D-10 Strategy Forum. Prior to this, Mr. Jain served as a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, focusing on US alliances and partnerships, international norms, and challenges to the democratic order — including those posed by Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
Jain was a Bosch public policy fellow with the German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Academy and executive director for the Project for a United and Strong America, where he coordinated a bipartisan foreign policy task force to produce a blueprint for a values-based national security strategy. He also served as an adviser for the White House Office of Global Communications and with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
He is the author or co-author of several publications, including Present at the Re-Creation: A Global Strategy to Revitalize, Adapt, and Defend the Rules-Based International System (with foreword by Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley); An Alliance of Democracies: From Concept to Reality in an Era of Strategic Competition; Countering China’s Challenge to the Free World; Strategy of Constrainment: Countering Russia’s Challenge to the Democratic Order; and Nuclear Weapons and Iran’s Global Ambitions: Troubling Scenarios (Washington Institute for Near East Policy). His published articles and commentary have appeared in various news outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Economist, Nikkei Asia, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting, CNBC India, and France 24.
Jain has also taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He earned a JD/MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan.