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

Mapping the World’s Critical Infrastructure Sectors

This paper examines the policy documents of 193 United Nations member states and Taiwan. It analyzes what countries perceive as critical infrastructure (CI). While it may at first appear clear what CI sectors are, e.g., energy, education, water, and food, this view varies by member state. By mapping what countries designate as their critical infrastructure sectors, we hope to propel UN cyber discussions, which have so far been slow to result in agreement on a global common denominator for critical infrastructure sectors.

Dr. Valentin Weber
Maria Pericàs Riera
Emma Laumann
Policy Brief


Past events

13:00 - 14:00 | 13 Apr 2021

Virtuelle Machtspiele

Chancen und Risiken von Videospielen für die Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik
DGAP Regionalforum München
Web Talk
Creative Bureaucracy
10:00 - 12:00 | 01 Oct 2020

"Games for Impact"

Videospiele für die politische Kommunikation nutzen
Think Tank Veranstaltung
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