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:

William Burke-White, inaugural director of Perry World House, who holds the Richard Perry Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a professor of law.

Michael C. Horowitz, professor of political science and associate director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania.


2018 Global Order Colloquium Thought Pieces

On the first day of the 2018 Global Order Colloquium, scholars and policy experts convened to exchange views on how the global order is faring at a time of dramatic change and turbulence. Read their thought pieces here.


2018 Global Order Colloquium 

2018 Competing Visions of the Global Order Colloquium Report

The state of the current global order is weakening, threatened by economic inequality and growing nationalism. Read our status report on the global order and a recap of the Fall 2018 Global Order Colloquium, featuring insights from PWH Distinguished Visiting Fellows H.R. McMaster, Susan Rice, and more.

Explaining the New Age of Nationalism

This report is the first in a brand new series of outputs from Perry World House focused on explaining complex global issues with input from policymakers and academic experts.