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New Keyword: Nanotechnology

Carbon nanotubes by St Stev (flickr)
Carbon nanotubes by St Stev (flickr)

We just added a new keyword to our content classification system: Nanotechnology. Now how is this relevant to the International Relations community, you may ask.

Chatham House, the venerable British IR institution, has just published three papers about the topic. They address the risks posed by this technology and examine transatlantic regulation efforts. You can download all three papers and more here.

But there is more to nanotechnology than its public policy aspect. In the coming years, I expect to see more papers on applications in the defense, energy, information and health sectors. To give you a taste, Security Watch published an article on Japan’s plans for a elevator into space based on nanotechnology a year ago.

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