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Richard C. Holbrooke Forum Seminar

Order or Disorder? Networks and Power in a Globalized World

The traditional post-Cold War global order is not challenged just by emerging powers, economic shifts, and the weakness of multilateralism. Arguably, its biggest disrupter is the digital revolution, which unfolds at stellar speed and in which global networks, algorithms, and increasingly intelligent machines become power factors. What is the political nature of this revolution? What kind of order—or disorder—will it bring about? What will be consequences for foreign policy, diplomacy, and statecraft? These questions will be discussed by a panel of international experts at Tallinn’s International Centre for Defence and Security, co-hosted by the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum at the American Academy in Berlin.


Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Sven Sakkov, Director, International Centre for Defence and Security

  • Eberhard Sandschneider, Chair in Chinese Politics and International Relations, Freie Universität Berlin

      • Samuli Sirén, Founder & Managing Partner, Redstone

        • Moderator:

          Jan Techau, Director, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum

    In cooperation with the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS)

    This event is part of the Holbrooke Forum’s Digital Diplomacy Project (invitation only), which takes place from November 5 to 7, at the International Centre for Defense and Security 

    Digital disruption has upset long held concepts of national sovereignty, conflict, opinion-forming and decision-making. Governments are increasingly confused by the unfamiliar challenge of operating in a world in which traditional geopolitics clashes and merges with technological revolution and ubiquitous global networks. What will statecraft and diplomacy look like in a world in which the very foundation of global dynamics and the relations among the world’s peoples are likely to change fundamentally? Is world order at risk? Or will a different kind of order emerge, an order unlike any other we have seen so far? The Richard C. Holbrooke Forum’s Digital Diplomacy Project is a two-year in-depth inquiry into these questions, with the next seminar scheduled to take place in Tallinn in November 2017.

07 Nov 17
Holbrooke Forum
11:00 - 12:30
International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS)
Narva mnt 63/4
10152 Tallinn

This event took place on November 7, 2017.

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