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Sat, Jul 13, 2024
University Speaker Series - James A. Lewis
(Lecture Series)

James A. Lewis

CSIS - Center for Strategic & International Studies

James A. Lewis is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan, non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. recognized internationally as one of the world's pre-eminent policy analysis and advisory institutions. As director of its Technology and Public Policy Program, Lewis researches innovation and economic change, Internet policy and cyber security, space programs and intelligence reform.

Before joining CSIS, Lewis was a member of the U. S. Foreign Service and Senior Executive Service where he worked on national security and technology-related issues. The policies he helped develop include counterinsergency in Asia and Central America, military basing in Asia, conventional arms transfer, commercial remote sensing, high-tech exports to China, and Internet security. Lewis led the U. S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group for advanced civil and military technologies. He also was assigned to the U. S. Southern Command (for Operation Just Cause), the U. S. Central Command (for Operation Desert Shield), as well as the U. S. Central American Task Force.

Lewis has authored numerous publications since joining CSIS, including "Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency," "Building an Information Technology Industry in China," "Waiting for Sputnik: Basic Research and Strategic Competition," "Globalization and National Security," "Spectrum Management for the 21st Centry," "Assessing the Risks of Cyber Terrorism," "China as a Military Space Competitor," and "Preserving America's Strength in Satellite Technology."

He appears frequently in the press and serves on several advisory boards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1984.

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Location: Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall
Price: Free and open to the public
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