The Redmond Doctrine

Lessons from Microsoft’s corporate foreign policy

The Economist
Sep 10 · 4 min read
Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Microsoft’s research arm in the Asia Pacific region and the company’s largest research institute outside the United States, in Beijing, China. Photo: Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images

Is Microsoft a digital nation and does it have a secretary of state? The answer of Brad Smith, the software giant’s top lawyer, is, well, diplomatic. Nation states are run by governments and firms need to be accountable to them, he says. But yes, he admits, he worries a lot about geopolitics these days.

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