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Public Lectures: Power and Strategy Making from WSDS

The first edition of InsSciDE’s Warsaw Science Diplomacy School (WSDS) took place online 22-26 June 2020 and convened an international and interdisciplinary group of 28 students over five intensive days of discussions, analyses, and strategizing of solutions to global problems using science diplomacy.

A duo of lectures from early in the week are available here and serve as a valuable listen to anyone interested in theoretical groundwork behind science diplomacy, power and strategy, or in how history can be leveraged to inform strategy making, a major theme of the InsSciDE project.

See also our WSDS Chronicles to get a feel for the atmosphere and content of the virtual training program!

Power with Science Diplomacy

Dr Rasmus G. Bertelsen
Professor of Northern Studies, Barents Chair in Politics
Universitetet i Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway - (UiT)

Understanding and harnessing power with science diplomacy, the theme of Bertelsen’s InsSciDE work, calls for a holistic approach to concepts of both power and science, integrating social and natural sciences and considering the multiform powers at stake: from soft, hard, sharp or smart power to ideological, structural and agenda-setting power.

‘What is power, who has power and why do they have power?’ Students were challenged to broaden their ideas of what constitutes power, a heavily contested concept, which prompted discussions around power associated with foreign tuition fees, languages and science/knowledge in modern and colonial times.

Using History to Inform Strategy for the Future

Dr Björn Fägersten
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Europe Programme
Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

Bridging the gap between historical presentations by InsSciDE researchers and the WSDS future scenarios strategy workshop, Björn Fägersten explained that history and imaginary future scenarios can be leveraged in similar ways to inform decision-making in the present. He emphasized that good strategies are reflective of their environment and account for uncertainty by being both robust and flexible.

Fägersten’s presentation also brought perspective to European processes of developing and applying strategies, as well as the EU’s major institutional challenges: capacity to implement, cohesion with and between member states, and context in which the EU is perceived as a legitimate actor.

Dig in to the WSDS Chronicles for a deeper look into this flagship training program by InsSciDE

Published 3 August 2020

Online Lectures from WSDS
22-26 June 2020

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