The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance

From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea to the global economic and political effects of new technologies, the post-Cold War global order may be at a tipping point.

Broader systemic trends, such as globalization and climate change, mean that the challenges of today and tomorrow will be global - and require global responses.

The role of automated trading algorithms in the 2010 “Flash Crash” in the United States, combined with the specter of drone warfare around the world and the proliferation of military robotics, highlight how the intersection of technologies presents enormous challenges and opportunities for global norms.

Fundamentally, The Future of the Global Order research theme examines implications of changing global power dynamics, impacts of new technologies, and contributions of governance institutions for the future of international cooperation. It seeks to understand the drivers of change and the varied implications of those changes. Additionally, it offers new ideas for the preservation and evolution of the international order.

Standing faculty members from Penn provide guidance and direction for each Global Innovation Program research theme. The Future of the Global Order research theme is led by Michael C. Horowitz, Interim Director of Perry World House.

Workshop: Autocrats' Tech Assault and Democracy's Response

Convened by Perry World House faculty affiliate Claire Finkelstein on November 21-22, 2019, this workshop explored how new technologies are strengthening autocracies around the world, and what democracies can do to limit their effectiveness.

Workshop: Social Impacts of Post-Socialist Transition and Policies for the Future

Led by Perry World House faculty affiliate Mitchell A. Orenstein from November 7-8, 2019, this workshop brought together scholars to look at the social impacts of transitioning out of socialism, and why these impacts diverge strongly in different states.

Workshop: Cyberspace and Geopolitics

On October 29, 2019, this workshop examined cyber norms - and the processes that promote them - as a means of addressing cybersecurity at the global level. It was co-sponsored by Perry World House, Microsoft Corporation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Fall 2019 Global Order Colloquium: How Emerging Technologies are Rewiring the Global Order

On September 23-24, 2019, Perry World House convened its fall Global Order Colloquium, titled “How Emerging Technologies are Rewiring the Global Order.” The colloquium explored how artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum, and other trends in technology are shaping international security, governance, and human rights.

Cyberspace and Geopolitics: Assessing Global Cybersecurity Norm Processes at a Crossroads

This paper is based on a workshop hosted by Perry World House and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, entitled 'Cyberspace and Geopolitics.' It highlights four weaknesses that could hinder the development of cyber norm frameworks, and recommendations for combating these. This paper was published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Fall 2019 Global Order Colloquium Report

At a time of disruption and uncertainty, advances in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) have  the potential to transform the world. The 2019 Global Order Colloquium Report draws on in-depth discussions of these issues at Perry World House over the two days of the Colloquium; an exclusive survey of workshop participants; and cutting-edge analysis to provide direction for future research and policy proposals.

Fall 2019 Global Order Colloquium Thought Pieces

Read thought pieces from scholars and policy experts who attended our Fall 2019 Colloquium, to exchange ideas on how new technologies could shape the global order.

Transatlantic Relations - What's Next?

This publication pinpoints the most crucial issues facing transatlantic policymakers today and proposes solutions.