In 2022, no discussion of foreign policy should occur without considering the role of major tech companies. The costs of passivity in coordination are high, and missed opportunities for democracy and human rights promotion abound.
Daniel Byman is foreign policy editor of Lawfare. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He is also a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is the author of "Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad."
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