Security Competition and Our Digital Future

Date: February 28 17:00-18:15 PST

Location: Zoom

The Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions is organizing a series of panel events on the theme of digital transformations, titled: “Global Conversations About Digital Disruptions”. The third panel in the series will take place in February 2023, with the following objectives:

1. To understand the value and limitations of, using a security lens for the current state of global digital competition;

2. To discuss whether, and how, components of the digital space interact with the effect of digital competition; and

3. To understand the effects of securitized digital spaces on democracies and democratic institutions.


Elina Noor

A native of Malaysia, Elina Noor’s work focuses on security developments in Southeast Asia, global governance and technology, and preventing/countering violent extremism. Previously, Elina was Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Prior to that, she was Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia. She was also formerly with the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. Between 2017 and 2019, Elina was a member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She currently serves on the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict.

Dr. Atsushi Sunami

Dr. Atsushi Sunami is the President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and Executive Advisor to the President at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan. He is a member of the expert panel for the development of economic security legislation of the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan.

Professor Henry Farrell

Henry Farrell is SNF Agora Institute Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and 2019 winner of the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology. He works on a variety of topics, including democracy, the politics of the Internet and international and comparative political economy. He has written articles and book chapters as well as two books, The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation, published by Cambridge University Press, and (with Abraham Newman) Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Fight over Freedom and Security, published by Princeton University Press.