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The Diversity Challenge: Five Perspective on Eastern Mediterranean Geoeconomics
The Eastern Mediterranean is of fundamental geostrategic and geoeconomic importance as it connects Europe, the Levant, Arab Gulf countries, and Northern Africa. Given its prominent location, it is tempting to assume that different actors project power into the region, but this notion should be cautioned. the region's cultural background, current political systems, and economic competitiveness are very diverse. There are different loci of economic power that compete with each other, as Heiko Borchert outlines in a new paper written for the 2017 Kiel International Seapower Symposium. He argues that the region is on the tipping point of becoming the playground for a very complex strategic competition. This paper outlines some of the challenges by looking at trade, maritime transport, foreign direct investment, defense trade, and energy relations.The Diversity Challenge
Innovation on Command?
Innovation in defense and security is the talk of the town. The coalition treaty of the most likely new German government rides on this wave and envisions establishing a new "Agency for Disruptive Innovation in Cybersecurity and Core Technologies" (ADIC) to be established under the joint leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of the Interior. In a new paper published by Denkdwürdigkeiten, the Journal of the Politico-Military Society, Heiko Borchert argues that four factors are important for ADIC to succeed: (1) Be clear about what the strive for innovation is expected to achieve, (2) launch light house projects that underline how innovation can be achieved and how concepts and technology development need to match in order to accomplish operational added value, (3) incentivize, set up, and nurture a broad eco-system taking into account various different stakeholders, and (4) engage in market development, in particular view a view on exports.Innovation on Command
Defense Intellectual Capital Protection by Patents
Contemporary defense industrial strategies are driven by the assumption that innovative defense systems require global defense supply chains. Evidence based on patent filings by Airbus and Boeing suggests otherwise, argue Heiko Borchert and Christian Helmenstein in a paper published by European Security & Defence. They find that the strategic relevance of international cooperation to produce innovation is not as straightforward as commonly perceived. It seems that patent filings are more important to protect prouct development and market shares rather than to genuinly enable innovation work. This finding is important in view of Europe's strive for defense industrial competitivenessDefense Intellectual Capital Protection by Patents
Geopolitics for Managers: Presentation at the GCSP
Recently, the Financial Times argued that should play a prominent role in business school curricula. Against the background of fundamenal shifts in the current international system, the Geneva Center for Security Policy organized a two-day course in November 2017 to raise awareness for geopolitics among corporate leaders. Heiko Borchert gave a presentation on doing business in a chainging geostrategic environment. Among other things he said that strategic flows that are essential for global supply security will come under increasing pressure as a result of the geostrategic competition that grows ever more intense. He also talked about initiatives designed to create an alternative international financial architecture. In addition, Heiko Borchert also argued that in today's environment access to promising export markets in emerging countries is hardly possible without technology transfer. This, in turn, prompts challenging questions with regard to the interplay of sharing technology while at the same time keeping abreast of future competitors.
Innovation and Maritime Security. Presentation for EDA Conference
The future maritime domain might prompt the need for more unmanned and autonomous systems, but the way to achieve this will be challenging. This was one of the messages of Heiko Borchert's presentation at the Martime Security Conference organied by the European Defence Agency in Crete on 16 November 2017. Speaking on the panel addressing the interplay of innovation and technology, the presentation provided a glimpse into the future naval environment, addressed the current state of play for unmanned systems at sea out outlined building blocks for the way into the future.
Seapower in the Eastern Mediterranean: Geoeconomic Perspectives
The Eastern Mediterranean links Europe, North Africa, and Asia and therefore plays a key role in international politics. The region is in flux, but most discussions focus on developments ashore. In order to broaden and expand public discussion, the 2017 Kiel International Seapower Symposium focused on maritime security challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean. Together with RADM (ret) Chris Parry, University of Reading, Georgios Protopapas, Center for International Strategic Analyses, and Dr Eric Thompson, Center for Strategic Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses, Heiko Borchert outlined the region's economic and strategic relevance. Heiko Borchert's presentation set the scene by looking at important economic aspects such as trade relations, patterns of foreign direct investment, port infrastructure, defense trade, and energy security.