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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy, and Christine Fox, former Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, for virtual discussion on China–U.S. technology connections


On November 17, Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen will host “Measure Twice, Cut Once: Assessing Some China–U.S. Technology Connections,” a virtual discussion featuring Richard J. Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy and Senior Advisor at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and Christine Fox, former Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and Assistant Director of Policy and Analysis at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. This Dean’s Speaker Series event will focus on findings from a Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory commissioned report edited by Danzig also titled Measure Twice, Cut Once: Assessing China–U.S. Technology Connections.
Danzig and Fox will join Cohen for a conversation moderated by Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where they will explore how the deteriorating relations between the U.S. and China are impacting the global exchange of technological advances. This discussion will also examine the feasibility and potential consequences of decoupling technology linkages between the two nations.


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Richard J. Danzig
Former Secretary of the Navy
Senior Advisor, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Christine Fox
Former Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense
Assistant Director, Policy and Analysis, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


Hal Brands
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. EST
Tuesday, November 17, 2020


This virtual event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

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About the Speakers

Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School SAIS and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He is the author or editor of several books, including American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump, Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order, What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush, and COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation. His latest book is The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order, co-authored with Charles Edel. Brands served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Planning from 2015 to 2016. He has also consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities and served as lead writer for the Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States.
Richard Danzig is a Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, a member of the Center for a New American Security’s Board of Directors, Chair of the Advisory Panel for Idaho National Laboratories’ Innovation Center, and a Toyota Research Institute advisory board member. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council, a trustee of both Reed College and the RAND Corporation, Director of the Center for a New American Security, and Director of Saffron Hill Ventures. Danzig served as Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001. He was the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997. From the 2007 through the completion of the 2008 presidential election, he was a senior advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama on national security issues.
Danzig was previously Director of National Semiconductor Corporation and Human Genome Sciences Corporation. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Center for a New American Security, Vice Chair of the RAND Corporation, and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Danzig was also a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, and the Aspen Strategy Group.
Christine Fox is Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, a position she has held since 2014. Previously, she served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2014 and as Director of the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) from 2009 to 2013. As CAPE’s director, Fox served as Chief Analyst to the Secretary of Defense. She officially retired from the Pentagon in May 2014. Prior to her DoD positions, she served as president of the Center for Naval Analyses from 2005 to 2009, after working there as a research analyst and manager since 1981.

Dean’s Speaker Series

The Dean’s Speaker Series is the highest profile speaker series at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The series will host a diverse array of prominent international affairs practitioners and business leaders for insightful perspectives and thought-provoking discussions on international relations, leadership and other relevant topics that impact our focus areas. This fall will feature distinguished experts around themes such as American Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election, International Order after Coronavirus, Targets of Opportunity in the Global Arena, and Race Relations, Civic Engagement and Global Social Movements. All events require pre-registration and are free and open to the public.

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