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Artificial Intelligence in an Era of Great Power Competition

  • 10 Jun 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online


Artificial Intelligence in an Era of Great Power Competition

As artificial intelligence (AI) based technologies and research proliferate, the United States is grappling with the best ways to balance innovation, national security, and adherence to its democratic principles. Against this backdrop, can AI be a tool for both international competition and cooperation? This panel - made up of AI experts at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and defense - will explore that question, while discussing the challenges and opportunities on the horizon as AI capabilities continue to advance.



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$10 for Non-Members


Thursday, June 10, 2021

12:00 pm-1:00 pm MST

3:00 pm-4:00 pm EST


Zoom Meeting

The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.


Dr. Margarita Konaev

Research Fellow, Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Dr. Margarita Konaev is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) interested in military applications of AI and Russian military innovation. Previously, she was a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, a post-doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Before joining CSET, she worked as a Senior Principal in the Marketing and Communications practice at Gartner.

Margarita’s research on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors and urban warfare in the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia has been published by the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the French Institute of International Relations, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, Foreign Policy Research Institute and a range of other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Michael Kanaan

Author of T-Minus AI

Michael Kanaan is the author of T-Minus AI and former chairperson of artificial intelligence for the U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Pentagon. In that role, he authored and guided the research, development, and implementation strategies for AI across its global operations. Michael was named to the 2019 Forbes "30 Under 30" list, Fast Company Impact Council, and received the US Government's Arthur S. Flemming Award (an honor shared by past recipients Neil Armstrong, Robert Gates, and Elizabeth Dole).


Dr. Nancy Cooke

Director, Arizona State University's Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming

Nancy Cooke is a professor of human systems engineering at ASU's Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Her research interests include the team cognition in all-human and human-machine teams.. She is past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is also the past chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and recently chaired a study panel for the National Academies on the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Cooke was a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory board from 2008-2012.

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