Jordan Schneider

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Jordan Schneider is the host of the ChinaTalk podcast and newsletter. He previously worked at Kwai, Bridgewater and the Eurasia Group. His Chinese landscape paintings "show promise."

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ChinaTalk: Flournoy on US-China and DoD Innovation

Michele Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under Obama, CNAS founder, and co-founder of WestExec Advisors, returns to ChinaTalk to discuss:

How the Biden Administration is trying to re-engage with China Reflections on innovation in defense, AI, and the war in Ukraine

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ChinaTalk: DoD Tech Strategy: How the Pentagon Hopes to Innovate

The Pentagon has a new tech strategy! What does it say, what impact will it have, and what do its authors think about technological change and warfare? Dr. Nina Kollars, advisor to Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) Heidi Shyu, and R&E’s Chief Data Officer Cyrus Jabbari join us to discuss in a wide ranging and at times philosophical conversation about:


ChinaTalk: Jeff Ding on US vs China AI and Lessons from Past Industrial Revolutions

Jeff Ding is the leading US scholar on China and AI and author of one of the earliest China-focused Substacks, ChinAI.

He recently published a fire paper called, “The diffusion deficit in scientific and technological power: re-assessing China’s rise.” It makes the argument that diffusion capacity (not just innovation capacity) is critical to economic growth — and China actually fares much worse in diffusion capacity than mainstream narratives imply.


ChinaTalk: Sen. Warner on the RESTRICT Act, AI, Bipartisanship on China and a New Era of Intelligence

On Monday, May 1, I interviewed Virgina Senator Mark Warner.

We get into the RESTRICT Act, state capacity to analyze emerging technologies, the future of industrial policy, the nature and limits to bipartisanship around China, as well as the government’s role in regulating artificial intelligence.

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