The unprecedented allied response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created an opportunity to establish a new export control regime of techno-democracies to address emerging technology, economic security, national security, and human rights issues that cannot be addressed by the current system, which is focused on non-proliferation objectives. The implications for coordinated China-specific responses are significant. In this event, CSET Senior Fellow Kevin Wolf and CSET Research Fellow Emily Weinstein outlined their vision for a new multilateral export control regime to address contemporary challenges. View a recording below.
Recording and Discussion
Emily S. Weinstein is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), focused on U.S. national competitiveness in AI/ML technology and U.S.-China technology competition. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and the National Bureau of Asian Research. In her previous role at CSET, Emily conducted research on China’s S&T ecosystem, talent flows, and technology transfer issues. Emily has previously testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges. She has written on topics related to research security and China’s S&T developments in Foreign Policy, Lawfare, DefenseOne, and other outlets. Emily holds a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Kevin Wolf is a partner in the international trade group at Akin Gump, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In his role as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Wolf was the senior official overseeing the regulation of export controls and the intersection of technology and national security issues. Working closely with his colleagues at the Departments of Defense and State and the National Security Council, Mr. Wolf was a central strategist, negotiator and implementer of President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative, the unique and unprecedented effort to overhaul the U.S. government’s export control system. He also served as the primary Commerce Department senior official responsible for working with the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He is now also a Special Compliance Officer administering a State Department consent agreement of a defense contractor with respect to export control violations. Prior to his tenure at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Wolf was a partner with another large law firm and has otherwise been working export control and related issues for nearly 30 years.