The Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2020 put problems and risks on the table. A great deal of intellectual effort went into analyzing how complex and risky the global security situation is. Discussions about future security risks, for example in cyberspace; the rapid development of dual-use technologies; or climate change and its consequences are rightly becoming more specialized. What is worrying, however, is how little aligned political energy is available to meet these challenges.
The global order is constantly changing. These changes are driven by developments in the tech sector, as well as shifts in economic, political, military, and demographic power. The US is calling established systems into question. Non-western – and in some cases authoritarian – states are increasingly influencing regional and international structures.
International order and democracy is one of DGAP’s core themes. Through it, DGAP helps answer questions about how Germany and Europe can shape regional and international aspects of the evolving global order in the policy realm. We explore options in the areas of sustainability and climate, digitalization and technology, finance, and the regulation of outer space, as well as which policies will be most effective in strengthening democracy and human rights on a regional and international level.