GLOBAL ARENA RESEARCH INSTITUTE INITIATIVE
Rapidly developing processes and structural changes on a global scale are contributing to increasing vulnerability within democratic, open, and market-oriented states.
At the same time, the global arena is becoming ever less intelligible. Among the chief reasons is the fact that researchers attempt to understand complex global processes with only a fraction of the available data. Under these conditions, confusion and anxiety have already translated into disruptive social and political behaviour in the form of rising populism and distrust.
Social sciences and technological advances must inform and influence each other. This conjunction must be natural, serving the future of humanity on a global scale. The mission of the Global Arena Research Institute is no less than that.
WHAT WE DO
Technological progress is increasingly outperforming the development of our normative, institutional and political capabilities.
As a result, governments and institutions are often unable to provide the answers people seek. The international environment has become one of constant instability, feeding into unprecedented fragility and unpredictability on global, regional, and domestic levels. It should come as no surprise that general distrust and alienation is growing within societies.
WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE CONCEPTUAL, NORMATIVE, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL DECISIONS WHILE, IN FACT, WE POSSESS INSUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE ARE MAKING THESE DECISIONS.
The well-being of states with open governmental systems is dependent on and derived from the rule-based, multilateral international order that emerged after World War II. Yet the continuation of this order has been increasingly challenged at its normative core.
The world of academia has struggled to provide solutions. Traditional ways of studying international politics fail to deliver results, as the velocity of changes leaves the world of experts unable to keep pace. The phenomena that shape global changes largely fall outside the boundaries of established concepts of thinking.
The process of globalisation has significantly increased volumes of flows (people, commodities, energy, technologies, finance, data etc.) across nations, regions and the globe, thus creating a global arena that defies traditional ways of analyzing international relations. Shifting patterns of interactions create conditions for the emergence of new actors and power-centres. In this fluid and fast-developing environment, it is becoming doubtful whether governments and international organizations – in their present forms – possess the necessary leverage to secure their roles in society.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM IS THAT WE DO NOT TRULY BASE OUR ANALYSIS OF GLOBAL INTERACTIONS ON THE AVAILABLE DATA.
INSTEAD, WE MOULD LIMITED DATA INTO PRE-EXISTING CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKS.
OUR PROJECT PROMISES TO DEVELOP A COMPLEX AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTRE THAT WOULD CRUCIALLY ENHANCE CAPACITIES TO BASE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE GLOBAL ARENA ON COMPREHENSIVE, COMPLEX AND ALMOST REAL-TIME DATA.
Global Arena Research Institute will tackle the persisting reliance on conventional wisdom by providing a paradigm that is released from the straightjacket of existing analytical concepts. It will demonstrate that even in the realm of social, economic and human sciences it is possible to overcome the challenges of processing and utilizing enormous volumes of data. Research will be able to link current global interactions and flows to pre-existing normative, political and regulatory frameworks and critically reflect on their relevance.
Our research will combine groundbreaking ways of mining and processing enormous quantities of data by developing a “core facility” of advanced artificial intelligence and reasoning combined with the humanist reasoning of the social sciences. This computational core facility based on machine learning, text processing, information extraction, theorem proving, ontology and formal reasoning will provide a new and enabling partnership to social scientists. Computation will serve not only as a simple tool for number crunching, but will support reasoning, decision-making and pattern analysis.
Our proposal takes the ambition of interlinking social sciences with advanced computing technologies to an unprecedented and truly global level.