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San Francisco

Chris Miller: Chip War and the Battle Between the United States and China

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From microwaves to missiles, smartphones to the stock market, our world is increasingly dependent on microchip technology. According to Chris Miller, microchips are the new oil, a critical resource that defines the current state of military, economic and geopolitical power. At the heart of the decades-long battle over control of this technology are the United States and China, two superpowers engaging in a war that puts America’s economic prosperity at risk. 

In Chip War, Miller provides a comprehensive analysis of the semiconductor chip and its impact on national security and international economics. Tracing the global history of microchips, he recounts the fascinating events that enabled the United States to perfect the chip design, and the role that faster chips played in America’s Cold War victory over the Soviet Union. As Miller reveals, the United States once dominated advancements in microchips, but now, China is investing billions into a chip-building initiative to bridge the gap, leading to a power competition that will define the world’s geopolitical future.

Join us as Miller explains the high stakes history of the computer chip and ongoing battle between the United States and China that is shaping the modern world.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

In association with the Asia Pacific Affairs member-led forum.

This program is generously supported by the Jackson Square Partners Foundation.

Jackson Square Partners Foundation

Complimentary copies of Chip Wars: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology by Chris Miller will be available to in-person attendees courtesy of the Ken and Jaclyn Broad Family Fund.

Photo by George Marshall.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Mon, Oct 17 / 6:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Chris Miller

Author, The Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology

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In Conversation with Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Senior Faculty Fellow, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
all in-person tickets include a copy of Chip War)
$5 members
$10 nonmembers
$30 members or nonmembers with book