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Ifri launches its Geopolitics of Technology program

Ifri launches its Geopolitics of Technology program which takes a resolutely European approach to international issues related to so-called critical technologies. Artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, cybersecurity, robotics, semiconductors, space... Technology, especially in the digital domain, is now deeply affecting all human activities and, by extension, international relations.

The resulting political, strategic, economic and social issues manifest themselves at multiple political scales involving states, international organizations and private companies. The dynamics of international competition and cooperation are transformed.

It is to respond to these challenges that Ifri launches the Geopolitics of Technology program in the fall of 2020, which builds on the work it already carried out at Ifri on these subjects for several years.

The program's work is organized around four cross-cutting themes:

  • Power: redistributions of power caused by new technologies, in particular digital; military and dual innovations; transformations of international competition;
  • Sovereignty: definition of critical infrastructures and technologies; industrial and innovation policies in strategic sectors; opportunities and risks associated with international value chains;
  • Governance: ethical and legal issues; interactions between companies, states, international organizations and users; public-private partnerships and GovTech;
  • Society: political and social impacts of technological innovations; risks and opportunities for the future of work, health, the fight against climate change; connectivity and economic development.


The program has released its first two studies (available in French):  


La GovTech, nouvelle frontière de la souveraineté numérique, Clément TONON, Études de l'Ifri, 9 November 2020











Ifri's Geopolitics of Technology program is headed by Alice Pannier. She joined Ifri in October 2020 to launch the Geopolitics of Technology program, after being an Associate Research Fellow since 2019. Her research interests cover Defense and security policies in Europe; Critical technologies and infrastructures as well as the EU, NATO, and transatlantic relations. 

From 2017 to 2020, she was Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of King's College London and Panthéon-Sorbonne University and holds a doctorate in political science from Sciences Po Paris, co-supervised with King's College. 





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Natacha Crance, Head of Communications - crance@ifri.org
Clothilde Goujard, Digital Communications Officer - goujard@ifri.org


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