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Disruptive Technologies and Geopolitics

Tools to Analyse Emerging Technologies and Their Impacts

Almost every technological advance is considered a breakthrough, yet not every new technology has an impact on geopolitics and international security. In a span of nine months starting in April 2016, algorithms based on artificial intelligence managed to beat the second best Go player in the world as well as the best Poker players. These are real breakthroughs as the Game of Go is considered the most difficult game to play because of the number of its combinations that exceeds the number of stars in the universe. As for Poker, winning at this game implies to manage incomplete information, a feat only humans could do until January 2017. AI’s breakthroughs in the gaming industry will soon be translated in other sectors which are much more strategic such as the military or the business world.

This course therefore analyses the impact of current disruptive technologies and the risks and opportunities they represent to geopolitics, national and international security as well as the way they alter the use of force and the character of war.

This course is a module of the “Geopolitical Leadership for Organisational Impact”  online blended course. Participate in the online learning platform and attend all five modules to enhance your individual and business performance and explore five skill sets that are at the core of coping with geopolitical risks.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for government, international and non-governmental organisation officials as well as members of the military who are in charge of strategy, security and defence policy planning, risk analysis and intelligence. Journalists, engineers and professionals working in research and development, risk management as well as in the defence industry will also be interested in this module. Finally, professionals in the private sector with an interest in emerging technologies and their socio-political and geopolitical consequences will also find this course of interest.


San Francisco, United States of America


1'000 USD. Apply two months before the course start date to qualify for a 15% discount. Alumni qualify for a 20% discount.

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Disruptive Technologies and Geopolitics

Date 4 - 5 Apr 2018

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