Leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals unveiled a coalition pact on Wednesday. Getting three political parties to agree on anything is tough. It runs to more than 170 pages of which a 27-page chapter is devoted to “Germany’s responsibility for Europe and the world.” DGAP experts give their initial reactions to key aspects relating to foreign and security policy, tech, climate, China, and more.
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.