How Is New Technology Driving Geopolitical Relations?

This panel discusses how new technology is changing the geopolitical landscape.

Research event Recording
22 October 2019 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House, London

New technology such as 5G, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and robotics have become, now more than ever, intertwined with geopolitical, economic and trade interests. Leading powers are using new technology to exert power and influence and to shape geopolitics more generally.

The ongoing race between the US and China around 5G technology is a case in point. Amid these tensions, the impact on developing countries is not sufficiently addressed.

Arguably, the existing digital divide will increase leading developing countries to the early, if not hasty, adoption of new technology for fear of lagging behind. This could create opportunities but will also pose risks.

This panel discusses the role that stakeholders, including governments, play in the creation of standards for new technologies and what that means for its deployment in key markets technically and financially.

Finally, the panel looks at the issue from the perspective of developing countries, addressing the choices that have to be made in terms of affordability, development priorities and security concerns.

This event was organized with the kind support of DXC Technology.


Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG, Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism (2010-11)
Jamie Condliffe, Editor, DealBook Newsletter and Writer, Bits Tech Newsletter, The New York Times
Jamie Saunders, Partner, Wychwood Partners LLP; Visiting Professor, University College London
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security Department, Chatham House

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