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Presentation of the monograph «Great Power Politics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Geoeconomics of Technological Sovereignty» by Prof. Glenn Diesen

On March 16, 2021, an online presentation of the monograph "Great Power Politics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Geoeconomics of Technological Sovereignty" was held. The author - Glenn Diesen, a Professor at the University of Southeastern Norway.
Two discussants participated in the online presentation: Vasily Kashin, CCEIS Deputy Director, and Maxim Suchkov, Director of the Center for Advanced American Studies, Institute of International Studies, MGIMO-University

Presentation of the monograph «Great Power Politics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Geoeconomics of Technological Sovereignty» by Prof. Glenn Diesen

Prof. Diesen in the book explores to what extent the 4th Industrial Revolution influences the geo-economic competition between the great powers

 Key ideas expressed by Prof. Diesen:

-         Technology influences both politics and economics; technological sovereignty as the main theme of the book

-         Key driving force for the 4th industrial revolution is the push towards technological sovereignty

-         It can be achieved by developing platforms under national control and by diversifying technological partnerships to reduce excessive reliance on other regions (this is what he advises to Russia)

-         The dilemma of tech giants: domestic vs international strength

-         Creative destruction as an economic and social concept

 

Key ideas expressed by Prof. Diesen:

-         Notion of great power in the 21st century implies having its own platform

-         Digital colonists obtain unlimited access to big data which makes countries vulnerable

-         There is an overreliance on technology

-         Europe instead of becoming a center is becoming a battleground for the new competition – greatest market, huge economy, major technological center, but political weaknesses

-         Revolution brings transformation into warfare