The Conference “2019. Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control.” is set to take place at the German Federal Foreign Office on 15 March 2019.

The aim of the Conference is to promote a well-informed international dialogue on the nature and implications of the current technological trends and to discuss whether new solutions are needed to ensure that the global arms control architecture can effectively capture new technologies.

The rapid speed of technological development in the fields of artificial intelligence, life sciences and digital technology is advancing global progress in areas such as agriculture, education, health and climate. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that new technologies can be used for military purposes. The resulting new types of weapons and instruments may raise a number of critical questions with regards to their conformity with international law and their implications for global peace and stability. In sum, the emergence of new weapon systems and instruments may call into question the effectiveness of existing arms control arrangements. In this context, there might be a need to address and consider how we can best adjust and adapt existing arms control regimes to respond to these potentially disruptive changes.

Read here what Federal Foreign Minister Maas has to say about the upcoming Conference.

Please find the official Conference Reader with contributions by our partner institutes on the four focus technologies of the Conference and an introduction by Federal Foreign Minister Maas here.