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The existing global structure has reached its limitations failing to provide sufficient inclusive and sustainable growth. The emphasis on national or regional sovereignty and self-identity has been the primary response towards the disruptions that the previous phase of globalization has caused. The disrupting forces have been global, while responses, which seek to repair the destabilizing fractures that have cut across all domains of life, have been informed by the local values, specific history and political system of each respective economic bloc and country. …


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Abstract: The paper analyzes Europe’s digital sovereignty strategy, which manifests not only as a matter of promoting a data economy and preventing data market failures, but also as geopolitical competition and strategic cooperation. The paper addresses Europe’s attempt to bridge its digital competitiveness gap with her focus on industrial data, social values and regulations. The paper also reviews the broader geopolitical context, including America’s whole-of-governance approach towards China.

Recently, the European Commission — the executive arm of the European Union — has released not only its Digital Services Act package to regulate US Big Tech, but also put forward a…


This policy brief proposes a “Group of Twenty (G20) coordinating committee for the governance of artificial intelligence” (CCGAI) to plan and coordinate on a multilateral level the mitigation of AI risks. The G20 is the appropriate regime complex for such a metagovernance mechanism, given the involvement of the largest economies and their highest political representatives. Other regime complexes and international organizations, which also focus on AI governance, tend to either lack such political power or exclude major rivalry countries. However, such inclusive centrality is necessary to counter the fragmentation of the existing cyber regime complex and effectively coordinate the mitigation…


Technology has always been used for good or for harm, and it has fundamentally changed human relations by either extending or constraining both power and opportunity. Today, the discourse on widespread digitalization and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) amplifies both of these ethical dimensions. On the upside, AI is celebrated as a new source of innovation, economic growth, and competitiveness, as well as for the productivity and efficiency improvements AI offers across all industries and sectors. Intelligent automation also promises to resolve some of the most urgent global challenges and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The potential economic and…


Note: This essay (Chinese version) is an extended and revised version of a speech given at the European Parliament during a public debate on 5G, cybersecurity, and trade disputes on 16. October 2019.

Since July 2018, the United States wages a unilateral trade war against China. The current truce and verbal phase-one agreement between the American and Chinese government, which has been announced on 13 December 2019, is not a point of progress, but one of preventing further harm. Both sides have agreed to suspend another tariff hike and intend to partially lift tariffs already imposed on $375 billion worth…


Our 4th Taihe Civilizations Forum is in full swing following no goal other than contributing to a reopening of meaningful channels of dialogue and action between the US and China, which have dried out. A war of words, military movements and cyberattacks have become the most visible and dangerous sign of interaction. The past cooperation–competition balance has shifted to a dangerous competition–confrontation situation. Security and economic competition are deepening and now include technology and ideology. Both sides have taken more risk in confronting each other. While the US is furious about its relative decline and lacks a grand strategy, China…


The 2015 Paris Agreement was an historical moment: almost all member states set aside their differences and agreed that collective action was urgently needed to prevent earth from reaching 2 °C above the temperature of preindustrial times. Almost all parties turned into a community of shared purpose and destiny. Only a few years later, however, this moment of celebration has clearly faded, international consensus become a rare occasion, and climate reality caught up with the previous optimism.

This year, 2018, is likely to become another peak year. It will surpass the five hottest summers on record, which all occurred in…

Thorsten Jelinek

Passionate about digital, governance, ethics, artificial intelligence, sustainability, connectivity and China

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