#DFS2024: Arms Control and New Technologies - Seeing and Seizing Opportunities

Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik
Panel discussion with Thomas Reinhold, Niklas Schörnig and Liska Suckau

So-called new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, autonomous weapons systems, additive manufacturing and quantum computing are set to change the way armed forces operate in the (near) future. They are often even labelled as disruptive - as they are said to have the ability to influence or even shift the global balance of military power.

Although there is a lively debate about the influence of new technologies on security policy, the question of their applicability in the context of arms control measures is generally limited to the dangers that these technologies pose. But how can new technologies be utilised for arms control? Although there are certainly promising approaches, this question is rarely discussed.

Against this backdrop, the panel discussion aims to take a more constructive perspective and use the example of AI to show where innovative arms control can also be applied to technologies that are difficult to control. How can AI and robotics be used to support current arms control regimes in order to overcome the challenges of a constantly destabilising world? With the help of interdisciplinary research, these and other questions will be discussed and concrete solutions identified.

Participating at the panel:

  • Dr. Thomas Reinhold

  • Dr. Niklas Schörnig

  • Liska Suckau

Moderation: Frank Kuhn


The panel discussion will be held in German and will take place as part of the German Security Policy Forum (DFS), which is organised annually by the Federal Academy for Security Policy (Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik).


Please register by email to bannan-fischer(at)prif.org by May 10th.

Information on other events at DFS 2024 can be found in the full programme.

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