Strategic Foresight Forum

  • Foreign Policy for an Urban World: Global Governance and the Rise of Cities

    In the latest FutureScape issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Strategic Foresight Initiative, author Peter Engelke discusses the long-term economic, environmental, and policy implications of urbanization. Entitled "Foreign Policy for an Urban World: Global Governance and the Rise of Cities," the brief examines how urbanization is hastening the global diffusion of power and how cities themselves are increasingly important nodes of power in global politics.

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  • Transatlantic Interests in the Asia Pacific in 2025


    8:30 - 9:00 am     Registration and Breakfast

    9:00 - 9:05 pm     Welcome

    Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Secutiry, Atlantic Council (@BarryPavel)

    9:05 - 10:05 am     Scene Setter: The United States’ and Europe’s Relationship with Asia

    What are the common US and European interests in Asia Pacific?
    Where might interests diverge?
    How might any divergences

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  • Harnessing Disruption to Move Forward with Biotech

    As biotechnology evolves, it’s easier to imagine a future where a steak dinner would be produced in the laboratory and cell parts are replicated via 3-D printerScientific American is constantly exploring these frontlines of science and innovation. And this week I moderated a thought-provoking panel exploring how biotech and ICT (information and communications technology) may reshape the coming years as part of the Atlantic Council’s “2013 Strategic Foresight Forum: Harnessing Disruption” conference on December 9 and 10.
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  • Atlantic Council Forum Addresses How to Harness Disruption for Global Prosperity

    December 10, 2013

    Taleen Ananian
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  • Getting to Fusion – A conversation with Strategists

    Emerging technologies are empowering both states and non-state actors in the second decade of the 21st century. Yet these new capabilities exist in – and challenge – an interstate system that is still largely defined by international law and a Westphaelian heritage. If the world is to achieve the fusion scenario outlined in the Global Trends 2030 report issued by the National Intelligence Council, leaders in political, business, and civil society will need to find new forms of collaboration outside of a post World War II international order. That will require courageous leadership, judgment, and probably a bit of luck mixed in.
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  • Opportunities Emerging from Biotech and ICT

    Ramez Naam, author of The Infinite Resource, opened the Strategic Foresight Forum's Bio-ICT session by pointing to the many opportunities emerging from biotech and ICT. We are much better now at encoding, printing, and editing genomes now than we were even a decade ago. This leads to big opportunities. First, we can apply biotech to food, water, and energy problems. Biotech applied to crops is a big way to do this, through increasing yields, reducing freshwater use, and in second-generation biofuels. Second, we have the opportunity to rewire the human body, in particular with aging. What are the risks? One is that the cost reduction of biotech means that the garage tinkerer can genetically engineer things, which could lead to pathogen engineering, for example. 
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  • Harnessing Disruption for Global Prosperity

    A new report and two days of dynamic discussion -- in the room and online -- explored the challenges and opportunites the US and the world face in the upcoming technology revolution. The opening debate and each session were recorded. You can watch via the playlist below. Council experts weighed in with their initial reactions to panels throughout the two days. Those links are below as well.

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  • A New Model of International Governance: Why Cities Will Lead the Way

    Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center Jeff Lightfoot reflects on the urbanization panel at the 2013 Strategic Foresight Forum.

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  • Confronting the Challenges of Food, Water, and Energy

    Senior Fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center Peter Engelke comments on the second panel of day two of the Strategic Foresight Forum, Building Up Resilience: Can the Upcoming Food-Water-Energy Crises Be Avoided?.

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  • Opportunities Abound but Challenges Lurk on the Horizon

    Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center Jeff Lightfoot comments on the first panel of day two of the Strategic Foresight Forum, The Challenges and Opportunities of the Third Industrial Revolution.
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