Steven Weber

Professor of Political Science, The Information School and Faculty Director, The Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise:
  • International Development
  • Policy in Other Countries
  • Security & Intelligence
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Science & Technology

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Weber works at the intersection of technology markets, intellectual property regimes, and international politics. His research, teaching, and advisory work focus on the political economy of knowledge intensive industries, with special attention to health care, information technology, software, and global political economy issues relating to competitiveness. He is also a frequent contributor to scholarly and public debates on international relations and U.S. foreign policy. One of the world’s most expert practitioners of scenario planning, Weber has worked with over a hundred companies and government organizations to develop this discipline as a strategy planning tool.



Cooperation and Discord in U.S.-Soviet Arms Control (Princeton University Press, 1991).
Argues that although nations employ many different types of strategies broadly consistent with game theory's "tit for tat," only strategies based on an ideal type of "enhanced contingent restraint" promoted cooperation in U.S.-Soviet arms control.
The Success of Open Source (Harvard University Press, 2005).
Demonstrates how ensuring the free distribution of code among computer programmers can empower a more effective process for building intellectual products.
The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas (with Bruce W. Jentleson) (Harvard University Press, 2010).
Provides a “big picture” look at the 21st century international system and U.S. strategy.
Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (edited with Jesse Goldhammer and Nils Gilman) (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011).
Shows the dark side of global trade, the illicit flows, black markets, and trafficking in drugs and human bodies that are as much a part of the new world (dis)order as multinational corporations and instant financial transfers.

In the News

Steven Weber quoted in Rob Wright, "Can a Decentralized Open Source Community Properly Address Security?" TechTarget, December 29, 2017.
Steven Weber quoted in Rob Wright, "What is Emotional Data and What are the Related Privacy Risks?" TechTarget, December 27, 2017.
Interview on North KoreaSteven Weber, Pacific Standard, August 8, 2017.
Steven Weber quoted on cybersecurity as an existential risk in Erin Kelly, "Cybersecurity Experts Cffer Advice for Incoming Trump Administration" USA Today, November 18, 2016.
"It’s the Year 2020…How’s Your Cybersecurity?," Steven Weber (with Betsy Cooper), The Conversation, April 28, 2016.
Steven Weber's research on long-term cybersecurity discussed in Sean Sposito. Steven Weber, "Berkeley Center Ponders Cybersecurity’s Future," San Francisco Chronicle, June 3, 2016.
Steven Weber quoted on escalating tensions in Iraq in Jana Katsuyama, "U.S. Deploys Troops in Response to Iraq Crisis" San Francisco’s KTVU, June 17, 2014.
"Smart Tips for Using Your Business Data," Steven Weber, Interview with Gabrielle Karol, FOXBusiness, June 18, 2014.