Saif M. Khan

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Saif M. Khan was a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). His research focused on AI policy, semiconductor supply chains and related U.S. policy, and has been featured in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Fortune and other outlets. Saif has a decade of experience as an intellectual property lawyer at Brinks Gilson & Lione and at several technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, where he supported software businesses with machine learning portfolios. Saif has a J.D. (cum laude) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.S. (cum laude) in physics and an M.A. in Physics from Wayne State University.

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Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains

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The countries with the greatest capacity to develop, produce and acquire state-of-the-art semiconductor chips hold key advantages in the development of emerging technologies. At present, the United States and its allies possess significant leverage over… Read More


The Semiconductor Supply Chain

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Semiconductors are a key component in fueling scientific progress, promoting economic advancement, and ensuring national security. This issue brief summarizes each component of the semiconductor supply chain and where the United States and its allies… Read More

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