Science Diplomacy and the Changing World Order: The End of (Scientific) Unipolarity
3rd Installment of the EUTOPIAn Science Diplomacy Seminar Series
In an era marked by rapidly shifting global dynamics and emerging challenges, the role of science diplomacy in shaping the international landscape has become increasingly significant. Since the end of the Cold War and the popularization of the term science diplomacy by the British Royal Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, scientific advancements and collaborations were assumed to transcend geopolitical boundaries and foster a sense of unity in the scientific community and beyond. However, the world is currently undergoing profound transformations in political, economic, technological, and natural spheres, leading to a reevaluation of science’s role in diplomacy and vice-versa.
In this online seminar, we will hear from Rasmus Bertelsen about the evolving landscape of science diplomacy and its interaction with the changing world order. It seeks to:
- Assess how the global distribution of scientific knowledge and influence is changing as power dynamics shift from a unipolar world order to a multipolar one.
- Examine how states are increasingly leveraging scientific collaboration as a means of achieving diplomatic objectives and building strategic partnerships.
- Explore the impact of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and space exploration, on science diplomacy and international relations.
- Identify the challenges and opportunities presented by the end of scientific unipolarity and the rise of diverse scientific hubs around the world.
This seminar is intended for a diverse audience, including policymakers, diplomats, scientists, researchers, students, educators, and anyone interested in understanding the intersection of science and diplomacy in the changing global context. Participants can expect to gain insights into the evolving dynamics of science diplomacy, its implications for global relations, and strategies for harnessing scientific collaboration for diplomatic purposes. At the end, there will be the opportunity to raise questions.