Geopolitical Implications of Scientific Innovation Trends in Northeast Asia

This report examines the implications of scientific innovations and emerging technologies on geopolitics in Northeast Asia. It focuses on five areas: (1) data-driven techniques and software-intensive technologies, (2) advanced materials and supply chains, (3) cybersecurity, (4) uncrewed systems and robotics, and (5) space technologies, including satellites and missiles. The applications of today’s emerging technologies are exacerbating regional tensions, bringing new considerations to longstanding security challenges, and propelling new non-state and commercial actors onto the global stage. The report explores the implications of these technologies and recommends policy responses: engaging the private sector; establishing norms and standards; and extending bilateral cooperation to a “high-tech” alliance. The findings are a reflection of expert perspectives and analyses, including from leading experts within the security and foreign policy communities in both the United States and the Republic of Korea.

This joint report is made possible by the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies’s generous support for and cooperation with the International Security Program.

Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program
Gregory Sanders
Deputy Director and Fellow, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group

Andrew Philip Hunter

Lindsey R. Sheppard

Park In-kook

President, Chey Institute for Advanced Studies; President, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies

Hong Kyu-Dok

Professor, Sookmyung Women’s University

Kim Jina

Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses

Lee Geunwook

Professor, Sogang University