Strategic Insights MemoJul 19, 2022
Toward coherence in tech competition with China
By Peter Engelke, Emily Weinstein
This June, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Global China Hub convened experts and officials in a private workshop to discuss technological competition between the United States, its allies and partners, and their biggest global competitor, China. The workshop explored the stakes in this competition across economic, military, and other domains, as well as the challenges facing Washington and its allies and partners with respect to China’s rising technological capabilities. This memo draws from insights gleaned during the workshop to give policymakers a better understanding of this competition, it stakes, and the strategic choices facing the United States and its allies and partners.
Peter Engelke is a deputy director and senior fellow within the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security as well as a nonresident senior fellow with the Global Energy Center. His diverse work portfolio at the Center’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative spans global and regional futures, innovation and technological disruption, geopolitics, climate change and natural resources, and urbanization among other topics. Dr. Engelke has managed numerous projects on these subjects, resulting in a lengthy list of Atlantic Council publications. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Hill, the National Interest, Citiscope, Meeting of the Minds, the World Economic Forum’s Agenda platform, and other outlets. Dr. Engelke’s professional experience includes stints at other think tanks and foundations in Europe and the United States, including as an Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a Bosch Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. His most recent co-authored book, The Great Acceleration, is a global environmental history from 1945 to 2016. His first, Health and Community Design, was penned while he was on the research faculty at Georgia Tech and is a study of public health and urban form. Dr. Engelke holds a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University and has master’s degrees from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, the University of Maryland, and Indiana University. He currently is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.