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Under the motto of Bringing Politics and Technology Together, the Hochschule für Politik München / TUM School of Governance examines the interactions among politics, the economy, society, and technology, seeking a multi- and transdisciplinary social scientific understanding of these interactions. 

In order to breath life into this approach, we established in 2017 our signature event Munich Talks. A place for political and intellectual exchanges where scholars, politicians, and policy-makers share their experience and expertise.

On December 5, 2019 we are honored to welcome

Prof. Henry Farrell

George Washington University

Weaponized Interdependence

Henry Farrell is professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. He works on a variety of topics, including democracy, the politics of the internet and international and comparative political economy. He has written articles and book chapters as well as two books, The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation, published by Cambridge University Press, and (with Abraham Newman) Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (Princeton University Press). Henry Farrell is the recipient of the Friedrich Schiedel-Prize for Politics and Technology 2019.

Henry Farrell is part of a new generation of political scientists whose theories aim to bring about a better understanding of the political consequences of rapid technological change. His recently published study "Weaponized Interdependence" (with Abraham L. Newman) gained considerable attention. It shows how powerful states leverage the dependencies of other states on technologies or other products in political conflicts. An example is the US government order prohibiting US companies from trading communications technology with foreign entities deemed a national security risk. The ban actually targeted Chinese companies. Contrary to long-standing belief, the networks resulting from globalization do not necessarily reduce the power of the state according to Farrell's theory. Instead states use the links in these networks to exert influence on specific targets.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in December at the Hochschule für Politik München/TUM School of Governance.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Müller

Venue: Hochschule für Politik München - Piazza

Date: December 5, 2019 - 17.30h

Address: Richard-Wagner-Str. 1, 80333 Munich

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