Elizabeth Van Wie Davis

Elizabeth Van Wie Davis is an expert on security and the Asia Pacific. She has lived and worked in Asia for many years. She and her family lived in China on several occasions, primarily in Nanjing and Beijing, and traveled extensively throughout the country. After 17 years in academia, Davis took a hiatus to work for the US government on issues related to Asia. Based in Hawaii, she traveled regularly to Asia working on issues of preventive diplomacy. Simultaneous to on-the-ground projects, Davis maintained a rigorous academic agenda, including briefing US senators and congressmen, top military officers, and foreign government officials on issues related to China and Asia.

Can Technology Help China Rebuild Social Trust?

The world’s governments and peoples must decide how to address the increasing surveillance and data collection — and the resulting loss of privacy — that digital formats provide. In recent years, much of this attention has focused on the rapidly building surveillance and data aggregation in China in terms of the emerging social credit systems, which received strongly pessimistic coverage... Continue Reading

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Don't Underestimate North Korea’s Cyber Efforts

Cyber operations in North Korea are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Cyber operations in North Korea (DPRK) are more diverse, aggressive and capable than often realized. According to the cyber security firm FireEye, “There is no question that DPRK has become increasingly aggressive with their use of cyber capabilities. They are not just focused on espionage — we've seen them use it for... Continue Reading

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China's Cyberwarfare Finds New Targets

Is China a leader in cyberwarfare? China answers yes. With the massive media coverage of Russian cyber interference in recent Western elections, the time is ripe to examine the issue of cyberwarfare in China. China discusses its own emphasis on cyberwar capabilities in several official documents, including the 2015 China’s Military Strategy white paper: "Cyberspace has become a new pillar... Continue Reading

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Moderating Political Islam in Central Asia

The failure of Central Asian states to engage political Islam within a religious and political framework perpetuates the threat of Islamic extremism. Religious pluralism may offer the antidote. Islamic society and the state have a long history of active engagement in Central Asia, but the 20th century introduced external agents that disrupted Islam’s place in the civic system. Two disruptive... Continue Reading

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