Forum for Foresight and Future Analysis in the Areas of International Politics and Global Issues
Future and politics is a multilingual forum for communicating and discussing future-oriented research with an interest in international politics and global issues.
It aims to:
Future and politics works towards these aims by presenting concrete research projects in the area of foresight and future analysis.
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Initiation and organization – My name is Jörn Richert. I have initiated this blog because I believe that we need more explicit thinking and debate about the future and the methodological as well as theoretical challenges that analyzing the future entails. This is particularly true when it comes to international politics and global issues. In an increasingly contingent world, it is of utmost importance to acknowledge contingency itself and to develop new forms of handling it. Foresight and future analysis can help us doing so.
I am a Mercator-IPC Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabanci University in Istanbul, where I conduct a foresight project on EU-Turkish energy relations. Previously I worked in the area of foresight and future analysis at the Future Analysis Branch of the German Armed Force’s Planning Office from 2011 to 2013 and as an Associate of the stiftung neue verantwortung (SNV) from 2012 to 2013. Besides foresight methods, my main topics were energy and climate politics and security as well as and the global economy.
The future of international politics and global issues has been an important part of my professional life. After studying Political Science, Economics and Psychology in Kiel and Madrid, I worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin from 2007 to 2011. In research projects on ‘Climate Change and Security’ and ‘Competing for Scarce Resources’ the need for thinking harder about how to analyze developments that have no yet happened became quickly apparent.
Finally, through writing my PhD at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) as well as at the Center for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), Copenhagen University, I not only gained insights into the history and present of global oil politics. I also had the opportunity to elaborate on the question of how today’s theories determine our expectations about the future.