The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host Chris Miller, Associate Professor of International History at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, for a virtual discussion on his latest book, Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, moderated by Mohammed Soliman, Director of the Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program.
Chris Miller and Mohammed Soliman will discuss the impact of international efforts to control microchip production and value chains on great power competition, as well as lay out a framework for understanding the geopolitics of the semiconductor industry for policymakers and the general public.
About Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology
Chip War recounts the growth of the semiconductor industry through the lens of great power competition over the world’s most decisive and strategic technology: semiconductor chips. His book comes at a crucial moment in geopolitical history and a pivotal era in the semiconductor industry, when the U.S. aims to consolidate its historic leadership in semiconductor production and curb Chinese ambitions to rival American chip production and development capabilities.
Chris Miller is an Associate Professor of International History at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where his research focuses on technology, geopolitics, economics, international affairs, and Russia. He is the author of Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, a geopolitical history of the computer chip. He has additionally written three books on Russia, including Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia; We Shall Be Masters: Russia’s Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin; and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR. He has previously served as the associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, a research associate at the Brookings Institution, and as a fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy.
Mohammed Soliman is the director of MEI’s Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program, and a Manager at McLarty Associates’ Middle East and North Africa Practice. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, geopolitics, and business in emerging markets. Mohammed started his career as an engineer and worked as a consultant, providing strategic advisory services for local and international businesses. In Washington, D.C., he has also served as a country analyst for the Peace Tech Lab at the U.S. Institute of Peace, as a Huffington fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and as a junior Centennial fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.