Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for a New American Security’s Technology and National Security Program, and one of the country’s foremost experts on the crucial topic of Chinese defense innovation. As China is one of the U.S.’s greatest rivals in the AI race, this makes Kania an invaluable part of the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative at CNAS, as well as the research team for the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Her research interests include Chinese military modernization, information warfare, and defense science and technology.
Kania is a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s Department of Government. Her thesis on the evolution of the PLA’s strategic thinking on information warfare was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Prize. She also works as an independent analyst, consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI).