Cybersecurity, Intelligence Expert to Speak at Southeast


Photo of James Lewis.

CSIS director and senior fellow of the Technology and Public Policy Programs James Lewis will speak at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the 2010-2011 University Speakers Series.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 21, 2011 — James Lewis, director and senior fellow of the  Technology and Public Policy Programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), will speak at Southeast Missouri State University April 5 as part of the 2010-2011 University Speakers Series.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium in Robert A. Dempster Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

CSIS is a nonpartisan and nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based think tank established in 1962. Each year, a group of students are selected to participate in an intensive week-in-residence at CSIS in Washington, D.C., during the University’s spring break. While there, students work with world experts on global trends in population demographics, environmental issues, political conflict and other key global concerns. Upon returning from the CSIS think tank, the students work to develop recommendations for national policies regarding economic, energy, demographic and security trends.

Lewis is a senior fellow at CSIS and directs its Technology and Public Policy Program. His research involves innovation and economic change; Internet policy and cybersecurity; space programs; and intelligence reform.

Before joining CSIS, he was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and Senior Executive Service, where he worked on national security and technology-related issues. The policies he helped to develop include counterinsurgency in Asia and Central America, military basing in Asia, conventional arms transfers, commercial remote sensing, high-tech exports to China, and internet security.

Lewis led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangements Experts Group for advanced civil and military technologies. He was also assigned to the U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause, the U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield and to the U.S. Central American Task Force.

Lewis has authored numerous publications since starting at CSIS including Securing Cyberspace in the 44th Presidency; Building an Information Industry in China; Waiting for Sputnik: Basic Research and Strategic Competition; Globalization and National Security; Spectrum Management for the 21st Century; Assessing the Risk of Cyber Terrorism; China as a Military Space Competitor; and Preserving America’s Strength in Satellite Technology. He appears frequently in the press and serves on several advisory boards.

He received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in 1984.