Samm Sacks

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Samm Sacks is a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center and a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America. She has worked on Chinese tech and cyber policy for over a decade, both in the national security community and the private sector. Previously, Samm launched the industrial cybersecurity business for Siemens in Asia. She also led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group. She reads and speaks Mandarin and was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing.

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The U.S. Needs a New Licensing Policy for Chinese Companies

Many Trump administration policies will lead to a wholesale decoupling between the United States and China with steep economic and strategic costs to the United States. To avoid this, the Biden administration should implement a fair and transparent licensing regime for the Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (ICTS) rule.


Addressing China’s Technology Policies: Beyond the Whiplash of a ZTE Deal

Among the many crises that have defined this last week has been the whiplash over whether or not the United States and China can come to a deal to avert a trade war. Optimism rose last weekend when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that tariffs on as much as $150 billion in Chinese goods would be put on hold while the two sides negotiated a framework with unspecified “structural” reforms for protecting American technology and to help American companies compete in China.