Tech Minilaterals in Focus: Evaluating Effectiveness

Tech Minilaterals in Focus: Evaluating Effectiveness

In a new article in Global Policy Journal, StateUp CEO Dr. Tanya Filer explores the future of international technology cooperation. She examines the rise of technology “minilaterals”—small networks of countries, often aligned on values or strategic purpose, cooperating on technology related matters—and how to ensure their effectiveness.

Minilaterals are now a critical component in the architecture of international cooperation, and are increasingly used as vehicles for technology partnership, trade, and policy development. Their organisation, governance, and accountability matter both for their own members and beyond.

Dr. Filer assesses what tech minilaterals should consider in terms of structure and organisation to ensure that they contribute impactfully to international tech cooperation for the collective benefit of their members, for individual countries, and as a contributor to the broader global system.

“How minilaterals and their members self-organise could impact the value that they bring to a broader set of countries beyond their membership alone.”

The piece offers readers detailed insighted into:

The New Diplomatic Landscape: Explore how minilaterals are reshaping diplomacy amid the rise of tech-centric challenges.

Strategic Alliances: Learn about small cooperative groups like I2U2 and  3SI addressing technology cooperation needs in a complex geopolitical environment.

Informality vs. Structure: Uncover the benefits of informal minilateral forums, the potential for further structure, and the organisational challenges they face in decision-making and funding.

Global Impact: Evaluate the potential impact of tech minilaterals on global policy-making, eg. the G7 International Guiding Principles on AI.

Looking Ahead: Assess the crucial questions for sustainable tech cooperation – organisation, governance, and global positioning.

“Minilateral groups focused on technology trade and governance, and technology-related infrastructure could support cooperation on a wide set of complex international challenges.”
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As tech minilateralism continues to evolve, please contact our research and policy team if you’d like to develop ideas about how to shape groups for effectiveness and accountability.