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Is Germany capable of strategic planning? Anticipatory governance as the foundation for future-proof decisions

We live in a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, dynamism, complexity and ambiguity. States must contend with the demands of around 100,000 multinational enterprises, more than 50,000 globally active non-governmental organisations, countless cash-rich foundations and private investors, as well as mercenary armies, organised criminals, and terrorists. In this article, Oliver Gnad, Visiting Fellow at the Dahrendorf Forum, reflects on Germanys ability to act strategically in this so called “VUDCA” world.

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Is Germany capable of strategic planning? Anticipatory governance as the foundation for future-proof decisions

This article is a chapter from the forthcoming book

Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert
Edited by: Prof. James D. Bindenagel/ Prof. Dr. DDr. h. c. Matthias Herdegen/ Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Karl Kaiser
Published by Bonn University Press, Bonn
Date of publication: June 2016

About the author
Oliver Gnad is the founder and Director of the “Bureau für Zeitgeschehen”, a Berlin-based think tank and strategic consultancy. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Dahrendorf Forum and fasciliates the Dahrendorf strategic foresight process European foreign policy 2025.