Norbert Csizmadia, President of the Board of Trustees of PAIGEO Foundation presented Abishur Prakash’s Next Geopolitics: The Future of World Affairs at the book launch of the Hungarian edition. After the presentation the author gave a talk, which had an enormous success. The book lunch coincided with the inauguration party of Pallas Athéné Books publisher house’s first bookstore in the Buda Castle district, and it also coincided with the author’s and the publishing house’s birthday.

 

Abishur Prakash’s above assertion is based on the assumption that in the new world the question of power will be increasingly defined by the level of technological development. Superpowers could fall, and ‘other nations, such as Hungary for instance, may spread their wings to reach formerly unthinkable results’. The book revolves around the potential development pathways for technologies that are already existing today although at an extremely undeveloped stage.

The book offers a truly unique perspective: the reader is transported to 2050 and looks back through a virtual tool from this point in time on the changes inducted by technology in the various areas of life – and on its impact on the geopolitical relations of the nations of the world.

From this perspective the book reaches back to 2016. Up to this point all events, figures, economic policy measures, existing international relations and conflicts are factual and occurring in actuality. These are used in the book as components to illuminate the future. Each chapter focuses on a different technology, allowing the author to hypothesise what geopolitical tensions they may generate. He gives a preview for instance on a possible relation between embryos and the medicine that is expected to adopt state-of-the-art technologies. This is an attempt to debunk the axioma that a child’s country of birth and the corresponding governmental authorities of territorial competence will be unequivocal in the future at all times and in any situation. Another chapter deals with the ramifications of the advanced space technology of the future, which will transform a number of geopolitical matters as we know it. The scenario intended to illustrate this envisages the ordeal of a Chinese mining ship in the space…

The author’s intention is to touch upon a wide variety of business and public administration sectors technology may be affecting, from agriculture to health care, transportation, public policy, international relations, research and development and so forth. He envisages thought-provoking situations, and to do that he is not afraid to go to exaggerated lengths.

The arrangement of the chapters follows a clear and well-organised structure. The reader is drawn into a future geopolitical conflict right from the outset, and not until we figure it out do we get to the root of the problem, following a reverse chronology. We get an insight into the progression of technology from its developmental stage to its rapid spread, and we discover the possible alternatives. This is followed by some of its major uses, and indicating is relevance to relations between states asking questions and providing answers at the level of international economic policies.

The main takeaways:

  • A number of new technologies are already present in the lives of ordinary people, in economy and business, but beyond their expansion to an ever wider range, we can expect in the years to come technological innovations will fundamentally disrupt the our current practices and business models.
  • Technology will bring about radical changes in all areas of our life, in all sectors of economy and even in governance.
  • The cross-border impact of locally developed technologies may become critical, wherefore state control, state intervention and public engagement is a key priority.
  • For some countries digital transformation may bring about little transition, while for others it may lead to dramatic changeovers, and this could change the superpowers on the world stage as we know them today.
  • Awareness of cyber risk and adopting defence mechanisms against must be prioritised, since it could devastate areas that could affect the survival of an entire economy or society.
  • Technological progress will promote the emergence of new economic sectors, which may bring about fundamental changes in background processes of these sector.
  • Technological progress could lead to geopolitical tensions, for which none of the partakers could possibly prepare in advance, and impulsive responses could lead to more tension.

Geopolitical expert and author Abishur Prakash was born in New-Zealand of Indian origin. The writer of Next Geopolitics is a highly specialised expert of the technologies presented in the book. Abishur has spent most of his life in Canada and Australia, and attained his degree from Ryerson University, Toronto in political sciences. His main research topic is the relationship between technological development and geopolitics. He works in Toronto for a consulting firm specialising in new technologies and innovation. His work involves assisting clients ranging from large enterprises to start-ups and governments to understand innovative products and services offered by technological development.

 

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