Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology

VENUE:Comcast Technology Center, Ralph J. Roberts Forum

Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology

October 04, 2022 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | China Center

About the Event

Today, military, economic, and geopolitical power are built on a foundation of computer chips. Virtually everything—from missiles to microwaves, smartphones to the stock market—runs on chips. Until recently, America designed and built the fastest chips and maintained its lead as the #1 superpower. Now, America's edge is slipping, undermined by competitors in Taiwan, Korea, Europe, and, above all, China. 

Economic historian Chris Miller will explain how the semiconductor came to play a critical role in modern life and how the U.S. became dominant in chip design and manufacturing, applying this technology to military systems.  China is catching up, however, with its chip-building ambitions and military modernization. The result is the current worldwide chip shortage and a new front in superpower rivalry.

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This event will be in person at the  Ralph J. Roberts Forum located in the Comcast Technology Center.

Registration for this event is closed. If you are interested in Chip War please consider registering for People, Politics and Prose on October 11 at 3 PM.

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Comcast Technology Center, Ralph J. Roberts Forum

1800 Arch Street
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19103


Chris Miller

Chris Miller - Chris Miller is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. He is also Associate Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Carol Rollie Flynn

Carol Rollie Flynn - Carol Rollie Flynn is the President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.