The Future of the Global Order Research Theme
From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Seas to the global economic and political effects of new technologies and questions of how international institutions will handle diverse questions such as ISIS-driven mass killings, the post-Cold War global order may be at a tipping point. In addition, 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 due and the proliferation of military robotics, highlight how the intersection of technologies such as cyber and robotics presents enormous challenges for global business and diplomatic norms. In a time of change, academic research has the potential to shed significant light on these issues, and highlight new and important approaches for the global policy community.
Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, Perry World House convened conferences and workshops in the future of the global order theme area. The Perry World House Grand Opening in September included a discussion on global politics with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Penn President Amy Gutmann, along with a foreign policy roundtable featuring foreign policy officials from the Bush and Obama administrations. In March, Perry World House brought together faculty from engineering, law, political science, and elsewhere, along with policymakers with experience in Defense, State, the NSC staff, and Homeland Security, to discuss the intersection of emerging technologies and global politics. In June 2016, as a demonstration of its growing connection with the global policy community, Perry World House began authoring a monthly column with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, one of the most popular magazines at the intersection of academia and the policy world, on how emerging technologies are shaping global politics.