February 2022: Special Issue


Emerging Technologies and Science Diplomacy

If science diplomacy is to be an effective tool for using scientific knowledge to accomplish concrete objectives related to emerging technologies, then the immediate task is to specify clearly the objectives sought and the means for achieving them.


Steeped in Science: Tech Diplomacy for a New Age of Discovery

By Joe White - 02/09/2022

Joe White MBE reflects on his role as the United Kingdom’s Tech Envoy to the United States—the first such British appointment— and argues in favor of a new science and tech-infused diplomacy.


Taking Action to Safeguard Bioscience and Protect Against Future Global Biological Risks

As COVID-19 has revealed the world’s vulnerability to future catastrophic biological threats, authors argue in favor of an international biosecurity entity to reduce preventable biological risks. 


Quantum Diplomacy: Rebalancing the Power Dynamic through Emerging Technologies

By André Xuereb - 02/10/2022

André Xuereb, Ph.D., the Maltese Ambassador for Digital Affairs makes the case on how small countries like Malta can employ science diplomacy to become leaders in quantum information technologies. 


Shiny New Toys and Matchbox Cars: Vaccine Diplomacy Requires Balancing Emerging and Traditional Technologies

By Maria Elena Bottazzi and Peter Hotez - 02/10/2022

Developing vaccines for the next pandemic will require an expanded portfolio that balances new and traditional technologies, together with increased capacity for vaccine production extending beyond multinational companies.


The World Wide Genome: Genetic Privacy in the Age of Big Data

By Ibon Santiago and Tobias Hoffmann - 02/11/2022

As modern technologies are bringing truly personalized precision medicine closer to reality, authors argue in favor of international efforts to regulate the collection and handling of genomic data to address ethical and privacy concerns. 


Co-constructed Science Diplomacy in a Federated State: Québec’s Science Diplomacy for Quantum Technologies

Québec, a Canadian province, is actively using all the policy levers at its disposal to lead in the quantum technology market. This perspective provides a case study of how federated states can use science diplomacy for emerging technologies. 


U.S. Space-Based Earth Observations in 21st-Century Science Diplomacy

As the global community faces new challenges, civil space-based Earth observations offer the United States unique opportunities to employ science diplomacy in cooperation and competition. 


Don’t Let Concern Over Quantum Technologies Limit International Collaboration

By Sean Silbert - 02/15/2022

We must not let the promise of quantum computing technology be subsumed by our fears of what it can do in the hands of malignant actors.


The Next Wave of Biosecurity Experts: Young Scientists Need a Better Path into Global Diplomacy

Creating opportunities for life scientists to participate in diplomacy is crucial. In this article, authors identify a set of guiding principles for future programs that aim to grow the next generation of global biosecurity diplomats.


The National Science Foundation and the New Frontier of S&T Diplomacy

As debate increases on establishing a new component of the National Science Foundation to help translate scientific research into national solutions, authors focus on the role of international cooperation and coordination.


On Preparing for the Future of Work through Proactively Inclusive Lifelong Learning Frameworks

By Mayank Kejriwal - 02/24/2022

Policymakers globally need to work together to formulate the principles of a lifelong learning framework that is proactively inclusive.


The United Nations’ Focal Diplomatic Role on Emerging Technologies

By Denise Garcia - 02/24/2022

According to the author, the United Nations is the premier, inclusive, and ideal forum where universally agreed-upon norms in the areas of emerging technologies can be created.


Engineering Diplomacy: How AI and Human Augmentation Could Remake the Art of Foreign Relations

Through collaborations among diplomats, scientists, and engineers, authors envision artificial intelligence (AI) paired with emerging human augmentation technologies significantly improving the bandwidth, speed, and optimality of diplomacy.


Mind the Gap: Lessons Learned from Neurorights

Authors explore the concept and implementation of “neurorights” in relation to the development of invasive and non-invasive brain-computer interface technologies at both the transnational and national level, particularly Chile's case.


The Weapon that Mistook a School Bus for an Ostrich

Authors explore vulnerabilities in Artificial Intelligence and challenges for the meaningful human control of autonomous weapons.