Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Diplomacy is being increasingly used by countries around the world as an important instrument in foreign policy and diplomacy activities, especially in commercializing the nascent and potential capabilities of national STI ecosystems in emerging and strategic technologies such as Quantum Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, and Biotechnology. The Centre’s research on STI diplomacy is focused on (a) studying the role of STI, particularly in emerging technologies, in India’s foreign policy agenda, and (b) examining relationships between India’s STI capabilities and foreign policy goals, and (c) developing policy options for India’s efforts in STI diplomacy.
Emerging Technologies such as AI, Blockchain, Genome editing and Quantum technologies are essential drivers of the next phase of development. However, their immense possible impact on all walks of life necessitates the formulation of policy frameworks for their governance. Such policy frameworks should also incorporate tech diplomacy and global tech governance dimensions due to the inherently transboundary nature of these technologies. This project is an early attempt towards developing policy and governance frameworks for emerging technologies with the initial focus on Genome editing and Quantum technologies.