James Lewis

Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

James Andrew Lewis is a senior fellow and director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at CSIS, where he writes on technology, security, and the international economy. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service Officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience includes work on Asian politico-military issues, on conventional arms transfers, and on technology transfer. He led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civil and military technologies and was the rapporteur for the UN 2010 Group of Government Experts on Information Security. He was assigned to U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause and to U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield.

Lewis has authored more than 90 publications since coming to CSIS. One series of reports explores the relationship among technology, innovation, and national power. Another series of reports examined the role of space in national security. He is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity whose work includes the bestselling Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency (CSIS, 2008), which was praised by President Barack Obama in his first speech on cybersecurity. Lewis is the U.S. lead for a long-running track II dialogue on cybersecurity with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. He is frequently quoted in the press and has testified numerous times before Congress. He currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University and has been on the faculties of Georgetown and George Washington Universities. His current research examines international security and governance in cyberspace, the relationship between innovation and technology, asymmetric warfare, and the effect of the Internet on politics. Lewis received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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