Kissinger was right: statesmanship in the digital age

Treston Wheat, Global Security Review

Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay
Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

The former Secretary of State offers an essential guide for both technologists and policymakers-

Kissinger’s approach to statecraft and foreign policy is especially useful when applied to national security in the digital age. The rapid shift to an information-based economy has changed politics, society, and economics in practically every capacity, and these changes have disrupted almost everything technology has touched. Primarily, AI is already having a profound influence on the global economy, and AI will become an essential element of military power, such as warfare platforms, cybersecurity, target recognition, and threat monitoring. With the constant oscillations from new technologies, students, scholars, and practitioners need to maintain a proper framework of analysis if the US will achieve its strategic objectives and defend the national interest. Kissinger shows that these changes should not impact the fundamental goals of a country’s foreign policy.



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