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The uses and abuses of weaponized interdependence

RegNet Innovations Seminar


Henry Farrell




Tuesday, 4 May, 2021 - 12:30 to 13:30

We are beginning to understand that globalization has strategic consequences. Countries are using their position in globalized networks to “weaponize interdependence”, through their dominance of information and financial networks.

In this talk, Henry Farrell will discuss the research and policy agenda of weaponized interdependence, addressing such questions as:

  • What areas of the global economy are most vulnerable to unilateral control of information and financial networks?

  • How sustainable is the use of weaponized interdependence?

  • What are the possible responses from targeted actors?

  • How sustainable is the open global economy if weaponized interdependence becomes a default tool for managing international relations?

About the Speaker

Henry Farrell is SNF Agora Institute Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2019 winner of the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology, and Editor in Chief of the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. He has previously been a professor at George Washington University and the University of Toronto, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and a senior research fellow at the Max-Planck Project Group in Bonn, Germany.

He works on a variety of topics, including democracy, the politics of the Internet and international and comparative political economy. His first book, The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation, was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press. His second (with Abraham Newman) Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Fight over Freedom and Security, was published in 2019 by Princeton University Press, and has been awarded the 2019 Chicago-Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize and the ISA-ICOMM Best Book Award.

In addition he has authored or co-authored 34 academic articles, as well as several book chapters and numerous non-academic publications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This event will be delivered online via Zoom.



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