The EU can overcome the new challenges it faces and can shape the global order. To achieve this, Europeans will need to improve their joint capacity to act.
Areas of expertise
Technology policy, geopolitics of technology, digital external policy, artificial intelligence
Julian Ringhof is a policy fellow for the European Power programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
His research focuses on European technological sovereignty, the nexus of geopolitics and technology development, and the development of an EU digital external policy. Previously Ringhof worked as an analyst and research manager in the field of autonomous and connected driving at the European Centre for Information and Communication Technologies and as an innovation and project manager at Fab Lab Berlin, a digital fabrication laboratory.
He graduated with an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and completed a dual BSc & BA in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) at the University of San Diego.
The digital space is a key battleground in today’s global power struggles. For the EU to become a global player in the geopolitics of technology, it needs an ambitious external digital strategy – one that allows it to secure its interests, values, and standing in a world of intensifying geo-technological competition.
Technological sovereignty matters. Russia will learn this the hard way as Western sanctions block access to the advanced technology its economy needs.
The EU cannot play a direct military role in Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. But, through its support for Ukraine in the digital realm, the union can establish itself as a leader in global tech geopolitics.