Emerging Technologies and Society

“The Emerging Technologies and Society project is a collaboration between Singapore’s Risk Assessment Horizon Scanning Programme Office (RPO) in the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS) and the Atlantic Council Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). Initiated by RPO, the project focuses on the political, economic, and societal impacts of significant innovations arising from the science and technology fields. Through a series of meetings with leading researchers and private enterprises in the Silicon Valley, the project explores topics ranging from ubiquitous robotics and its impact on human capital developments, to algorithmic risk, quantum computing, and their challenges to national security.”

Urban World 2030

“In order to shape an emerging global dialogue on urbanization, in 2012 the Atlantic Council launched a project focused on deepening engagement between the world’s foreign and security policymakers and urban specialists. Titled Urban World 2030, this project brings together influential thought leaders, foreign and security policymakers, industry leaders, media representatives, urbanists, development experts, environmentalists, and scientists and technologists. The Council has built a working group composed of over 150 people representing all of these sectors. This group hosts workshops and events featuring senior officials from the US and foreign governments, the World Bank and regional development banks, the OECD, research and scientific institutions, major non-profit organizations, and advanced technology companies.”

US-China Joint Assessment Project

“Supported by the China-United States Exchange Foundation, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative has partnered with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) under the Chinese Foreign Ministry to engage in a joint assessment of long-term global trends and their implications for the China-United States relationship. This joint assessment was based on separate Chinese and US global trends assessments. The US side based its assessment on the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds report, which the Atlantic Council helped to prepare, and the Chinese side on a 2030 analysis initiated at Peking University. The two sides agreed on the key trends and their implications and looked at various scenarios of how these trends could play out over the next two decades. They concluded that any hopeful global scenario can only be realized if there is close cooperation between China and the United States.”

The Strategy Lab

This experiment will inject new thinking in strategy by combining diverse, inter-disciplinary perspectives with new tools for assessment, analysis, and decision-making to promote innovation and adaptation while building a network of emerging strategy leaders.