The paramount foreign policy challenge in US-China relations is the strategic contest over predominance in innovation technology and digital governance. The scope of this competition encompasses artificial intelligence, defense, energy, geopolitics, investment, security, and trade. As a global leader in dual-technology innovation, Israel could play a critical role in how the US-China contest unfolds. If US-China trade and technology relations become increasingly restricted and contentious, China’s interests in Israeli’s innovation ecosystem potentially poses a litmus test to US-Israel relations. China is projected to surpass the United States as Israel’s top source of foreign direct investment in the near future. Israel as the Start Up Nation and key US ally in the Middle East will face high stakes and hard choices in this timely window of strategic opportunity. Dr. Mercy Kuo will discuss the strategic relevance of Israel’s role in US-China relations.
About the Speaker(s)
Mercy A. Kuo is Vice President of Strategic Services at Pamir, a global risk intelligence consultancy in metropolitan Washington DC, and authors a weekly column on U.S. Asia policy at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine for the Asia Pacific. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and advisory council member of the Asia Pacific Institute at the American Jewish Committee. Dr. Kuo was most recently president and executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council in Seattle. She was formerly managing director of the Committee of 100, a New York City-based US-China leadership organization founded by I.M. Pei and Yo-Yo Ma. She was also senior project director and director of the Southeast Asia Studies and Strategic Asia Programs at a US-based foreign policy think tank. Dr. Kuo formerly served with the Central Intelligence Agency as a foreign policy analyst on Northeast and Southeast Asian political, security, and military issues. Her recent select publications include: “The Geopolitics of Energy in the South China Sea,” World Energy magazine (June 2019), Expert Views on the US-China Trade Dispute and Its Broader Implications,” AJC Global Voices (August 24, 2018) and “China’s Strategic Orientation: Assessing Alternative Futures,” China in the 21st Century: History, Security and International Relations (Praeger, 2014). She holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford University.