GLODEM & International Relations Department are pleased to announce Dr. Matthijs Maas & Dr. Lena Trabucco’s talk on May 20th:
Date: 20 May 2022- Friday
Time: 11:30 AM
Zoom registration link: (advance registration required)
Dr. Matthijs Maas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
Dr. Lena Trabucco, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Military Studies, Copenhagen University
Title: Into the Thick of It: Mapping the Emerging Landscape of Military AI Strategic Partnerships
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies (EDTs) are reshaping military institutions and challenging traditional understandings of these actors’ tools, environment, and mission. This article explores how the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is set to drive a new generation of strategic partnerships, focused on the technology’s military application. These partnerships may have significant implications for AI’s future military use, as well as for geopolitics. To investigate this trend, this article explores the concept of a strategic technology partnership, discussing the uses, practices, and distinct operational requirements involved in military AI strategic partnerships. It then examines four recent cases: (1) the US-led AI Partnership for Defense (PfD); (2) the newly established AUKUS partnership; (3) robust and growing China-Russia cooperation on military AI; and (4) the surprising dearth of transatlantic military AI cooperation. The article discusses the implications of these partnerships for broader AI governance stakeholders, standing military alliances like NATO, and for the development of AI itself.
Bio: Matthijs Maas is a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge. He works on adaptive global governance approaches for extreme technological risks, with a particular focus on regimes for high-stakes or destabilizing military uses of AI technology. His other research interests are on the effects of AI technology on international law itself, as well as conceptual frameworks for the regulation of uncertain risks from emerging technology.
Lena is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Military Studies, Copenhagen University, and a research affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on the strategic and legal implications of emerging military technology with a focus on artificial intelligence and quantum technologies. She holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University and a PhD in law from the University of Copenhagen.