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Author of the Award-Winning Book, Chip War; Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School; Director, Greenmantle

Professor Chris Miller holds expertise on international politics, economics, and technology which inform his engaging speeches. Breaking down the motives behind international politics and economics in a thoughtful and concise manner, Miller provides audiences with fresh, alternative perspectives and leaves them wanting to know more.

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Artificial Intelligence is produced by bringing together data, algorithms, and processing power. Miller’s book Chip War is about the chips that make AI processing possible. Professor Miller can address the various facets of AI, including but not limited to the list below. Professor Miller tailors this address to the needs of your organization or institution.

  • Computing Power: The largest share advances of AI over the past decade have come from increased access to computing power. The amount of data used to train cutting-edge AI systems is doubling every 6-9 months. In other words, AI systems need twice as much processing power every 6-9 months for training. This is why there is an intense shortage of the chips needed to train AI systems, and why the chip firm Nvidia is one of the world’s 4 most valuable tech companies, because it produces 90% of the chips used to train AI systems.
  • Energy Limits: There are many places in the U.S. where it is impossible to build a datacenter for AI because there’s simply not enough electricity. That’s why big tech firms are exploring nuclear-powered datacenters. The energy and environmental demands of AI are significant.
  • Historical Perspective: For companies, the best way to understand the potential uses of AI is to look at the history of prior revolutions in computing, from the invention of the first corporate computers to PCs to smartphones. Each of these prior revolutions produced entire new industries (e.g. smartphones enabled Instagram) but they also had transformative impacts on “old” industries (e.g. smart phones now help us navigate).
  • Impact on society: Many of the concerns about AI’s societal implications are misplaced. The idea that AI is going to destroy jobs is widespread but misplaced. The invention of the ATM actually coincided with a larger number of people working in banks. AI is probably not any different.
  • Economic Impact: The economic impact of AI will be determined less by the capabilities of the most advanced systems and more by the speed at which organizations discover how to apply AI. The most important determinant of organizations’ success in harnessing AI will be the ability of their workforce to make use of its capabilities. Other technologies historically (electricity, telephones) have seen dissemination lag invention by many years, because existing organizations are often slow to adopt new tech.

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous cars, the internet of things—all the biggest trends in technology are critically dependent on semiconductors. The advanced chips that power smartphones and self-driving cars today have several billion microscopic components on them. Only two companies in the world can produce these chips, one in South Korea and another in Taiwan. The United States and China are competing for control over the future of computer chips. The outcome of this struggle will determine the shape the future of technology and of geopolitics.

For decades we’ve been told that “the world is flat” and that globalization is spreading economic opportunity around the world. The trade disruptions caused by the pandemic are the latest evidence that this view of globalization is a myth. Rather than spreading widely, production of critical goods from face masks to semiconductors has been concentrated in a tiny number of countries. Our globalized economy is more efficient, but less resilient to natural disasters or geopolitical shocks. Yet these “unexpected” shocks to global are coming far more frequently than most people expect.

Russia is impossible to ignore. The Kremlin is meddling in crisis zones from Venezuela to Afghanistan. Putin has injected himself into the center of domestic politics in America and in many European countries. China’s leader Xi Jinping describes Putin as his “best friend.” What is Putin trying to accomplish on the world stage? How has he held on to power at home amid a decade of economic stagnation and falling living standards? How fragile is his hold on power?

Trade Wars. Tech competition. Taiwan. Disputes between the U.S. and China are spreading into every sphere. They have already caused Washington and Beijing to disrupt global trade with tariffs and sanctions. But this isn’t the first time a great power clash has reshaped the global economy. From the ancient Greeks to the Cold War, rivalry between great powers has always impacted trade and capital flows. What lessons does history have for understanding the future economic impact of worsening U.S.-China relations?


Professor Chris Miller is an expert on international politics, economics, and technology. He is the author, of Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, a book that explains how computer chips have made the modern world—and how the U.S. and China are struggling for control over this fundamental technology. A handful of companies control the manufacturing of all the world’s semiconductors, giving them a chokehold over the computing power on which everything from the biggest data centers to the tiniest Internet-of-Things devices depend. The future of computing, the book argues, will be determined by who controls the ability to produce the world’s most advanced chips. Chip War won Financial Times’ Best Business Book of the Year award in 2022 and the prestigious Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations in 2023. It was described by The New York Times as a “a nonfiction thriller.”

Miller serves as associate professor of international history at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and co-director of the school’s Russia and Eurasia Program. He also serves as visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Eurasia Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a leading think tank, where he researches and writes on trends in international politics. He is also a Director at Greenmantle, a New York and London-based macroeconomic and geopolitical consulting firm that advises some of the world’s largest hedge funds, venture capital firms, asset managers, and corporations.

Professor Miller’s previous books explored major trends in politics and economics that shaped the contemporary world. His book Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia explores the origins of Vladimir Putin’s rule over Russia and the economic impact Putin has had. Miller’s book We Shall Be Masters examines major shifts in geopolitics in Europe and Asia over the past three centuries, exploring the rise and fall of prior empires and how this legacy shapes Russia and China today. Miller’s first book, The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy examined the collapse of the Soviet Union and global demise of socialism.

Professor Miller frequently writes for newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and many others. He has published academic articles in leading journals of international politics and economics.

He has previously served as Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, a research associate at the Brookings Institution, and as a fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Yale University and his B.A. in history from Harvard University.


Chris blew us away. He is a fantastic speaker! Our participants rated his presentation a 10/10.

Novo Nordisk Foundation


We would like to thank [Mr. Miller] for sharing [his] insights at our Forum. His presentation played a pivotal role in making our event a success. We received such positive feedback on this session which captured over 300 investors in the audience. Our clients also really appreciate the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with [Mr. Miller] over the small group meeting. The event would not have been as successful without his participation.



I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for [Mr. Miller's] participation as a speaker at our forum. The quality and content of [his] presentation were highly praised by our guests, who left us with a lot of positive feedback. We want to thank [him] again for enriching our event with [his] warm presence.

Baraboo Growth


Chris Miller's brain works like the computer chip he writes about. It is packed with dizzying, complex circuitry that results in sparkling clarity. He has written not only an amazing story, but also one of overwhelming importance that is both taut in style and epic in scope.

Robert D. Kaplan, New York Times bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography and Asia’s Cauldron


Miller [argues that] the future of humanity hinges on the ‘chip war’ between two ecosystems vying to design and make the most advanced micro-processors—that of the United States and its friends (including Taiwan), and that of the People’s Republic of China… An indispensable book.

Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford, and author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe


In Chip War, Chris Miller has captured the essence of the most critical and strategic element of the 21st century geostrategic competition. This book is brilliantly and entertainingly written, deeply convincing, and grounded in both history and technology. A tour de force!

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret); Vice Chair, Global Affairs, The Carlyle Group; 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO; and author of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War


[Chip War is] essential for understanding our modern world. A sweeping narrative that captures the people who risked a lot and made it all happen.

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Prize

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