Distinguished Experts and Researchers Discussed & Analyzed the Impact of EDTs on War Fighting & How they Shape the Trajectory of the Ongoing Russia-Ukrainian War

Cooperating with the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) organized a two-day advanced research workshop (ARW) titled “Emerging Disruptive Technologies (EDTs) in Defense: Lessons from Ukraine” in Istanbul, Türkiye.

Date: Issue 128 - March 2024

Supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program, the event was held in person at the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel located in Ortaköy, Istanbul. The event brought together a group of some 35 distinguished experts and researchers from politics, industry, media (including Defence Turkey Magazine), civil society, academia and think tanks.

Within the scope of the workshop the main discussion themes included a range of different EDT-related topics such as the future of war, drone warfare, unmanned systems, dual-use technologies, NATO’s DIANA Project and the military application of artificial intelligence (AI). Besides pre-organized panels, the insightful presentations delivered by the eminent speakers lined up in the two-day work shop program also laid the ground work for a rich and informed discussion with the contributions distinguished participants. Since the event was subject to Chatham House rules, in this article I will only share opening remarks delivered by Ambassador (R) Tacan İLDEM, Chairman of EDAM and Vasyl BODNAR, Ambassador of Ukraine to Türkiye.