The focus of DGAP’s research and consulting on this core theme is the interdependency of technology and foreign policy. Technological innovation — as well as the diffusion and impact of emerging technologies — is always influenced by the social, economic, and (security) policy contexts in which it occurs. At the same time, technologies affect international actors by changing their areas of influence, options for action, and goals. Today, technology not only continues to play a role in determining foreign and security policy in the classical sense, but it also almost always includes an international dimension, for example in its consequences for regulation or global chains of supply and production.


Recent publications

How to Plan and Execute a Coup

Social Media Give Insurgents the Advantage

The attempted coups in the United States in January 2021 and Brazil in January 2023 share a key element: In both cases, insurgents have skillfully moved across various social media platforms to create and spread narratives and mobilize their followers. A playbook for staging a coup is emerging, and governments and platforms have been slow to respond. More cooperation and transparency are required. While the European Union has at least created an appropriate legal framework, implementation will be challenging.

Dr. Katja Muñoz

India’s G20 Presidency

Decoding the Digital Technology Agenda
Dr. Sharinee Jagtiani
Dr. David Hagebölling
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