Power Maps

By identifying key players, quantifying relative influence, and assessing the competitive landscape, FP Analytics breaks down complex foreign policy issues by mapping out spheres of influence and the risks and opportunities these topics present for readers.

The Final Frontier

FP Analytics’ Power Map, The Final Frontier: Outer Space Security & Governance, is an analytical, interactive resource that examines the trends, key power players, and international policy frameworks shaping the outer space domain. It provides readers with a breakdown of how technological innovations enable increased commercial activity and geopolitical competition among spacefaring nations, and their implications for the weaponization of space and space sustainability.

Drawing on detailed research, expert interviews, and interactive graphics, the Power Map analyzes the pressing issues and trends that characterize the new “New Space Age,” including the emergence of new spacefaring nations, space privatization, space weaponization, and space debris. The Power Map also provides a breakdown of the international policy frameworks currently governing space and identifies areas for potential improvement. Finally, profiles of ten critical state and non-state actors illuminate how established and emerging spacefaring nations are leveraging space assets and data to pursue their foreign-policy and national security objectives, and what those investments may mean for the future of international security and the global economy.

The Final Frontier: Outer Space Security & Governance is a powerful resource for those seeking to better understand global space governance and underscores the urgency to establish new norms of responsible behavior in outer space to mitigate risks to human security.

The Future of Money

In FP Analytics’ three-part Power Map, The Future of Money, we examine the forces shaping the global financial landscape and driving the adoption of new financial instruments by major institutions such as central banks, investment banks, and large tech companies as well as individual investors.

  • Part I analyzes the status of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, details the emerging challenges to the dollar, and walks through China, Russia, and the European Union’s efforts to transform the existing financial system.
  • Part II dives into the cryptocurrency ecosystem and examines the forces driving and challenging global cryptocurrency adoption, development, and regulation. Additionally, it analyzes how developing countries are leveraging cryptocurrencies to access the international financial system and why the sector's recent growth is different from in the past.
    Regulatory frameworks and approaches analyzed in Part II of this Power Map series have been collected in FPA’s Cryptocurrency Database. This navigable database tool is a comprehensive regional and country-level breakdown of cryptocurrency regulation across 117 countries.
  • Part III examines the institutional adoption of distributed ledger technology (DLT) by major private and governments actors and outlines its impact on the development of private digital currencies, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and the broader financial system.

Throughout all three parts, we analyze the critical trends and events driving change across the financial system, including the impacts of the launch of China’s digital renminbi, the rise of Bitcoin and decentralized finance, and Facebook and other private companies’ attempt to launch a global digital currency. New technologies, economic power shifts, and geopolitical tensions are all contributing to fundamental shifts in the international financial system, with new players emerging and existing institutions rushing to adapt. As new challenges to the financial system materialize, understanding the full scope of actors and forces transforming fundamental aspects of the system is vital for governments, businesses, and individuals seeking to successfully navigate the evolving financial landscape.

The Biden Power Map

To mark President Biden’s 100th day in office, FP Analytics launched the Biden Power Map, which provides readers with an interactive, analytical breakdown of the key players in the Biden administration across seven core U.S. foreign policy priorities. These pressing issues—which include climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic response, cyber and technology, economic competitiveness, “Forever Wars” and the Middle East, immigration and asylum, and nuclear proliferation—formed the foundation of President Biden’s campaign platform and have been the focus of major initiatives launched by the administration within its first 100 days.

The Power Map provides summary analysis of Biden’s articulated policy positions and the challenges confronting the administration in each of these areas. It includes a breakdown of the main power players across the foreign policy apparatus based on their relevancy to each priority and level of influence. Profiles of cabinet officials and other appointees detail these individuals’ policy positions and connections within the public and private sectors. Background information illuminates how their former positions and experience could influence their decision-making and affect the trajectory of President Biden’s foreign policy agenda. Supporting staff are also identified, as they are critical personnel charged with realizing President Biden’s foreign-policy goals.

With domestic concerns, transnational threats, and geopolitical tensions shaping policy, FP Analytics’ Biden Power Map is a powerful tool for businesses, government officials, and others seeking to understand who the Biden administration is, how it is seeking to tackle its foreign policy agenda, and the critical challenges the teams will face.

Arctic Competition

FP Analytics’ two-part Arctic Competition Power Map provides readers with an in-depth breakdown of how melting sea ice is enabling increased commercial activity and geopolitical competition over resources, shipping routes, and territory in the Arctic. In Part I, we visualize how climate change is physically transforming the Arctic, lay out the scale of potential resources that will be made available, and detail the positions and interests of major players in the region. We provide a thorough walk-through of why the region is gaining increasing commercial and geopolitical importance, and explicitly lay out different actors’ interests in the Arctic, from domestic economic development to securing critical supply chain. As new actors such as China establish their presence in the region, nations are forging fresh political and commercial partnerships across a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape. The impacts of these new partnerships will transform the Arctic and create major political fault lines with the potential to spark future conflict and confrontation.

Global Data Governance

Data governance has long been the domain of corporate and organizational strategy, lending a competitive advantage to those able to optimize their data collection, organization, transfer, and discovery practices. With the increasing digitalization of organizations and economies, data governance—and clear establishment of data collection standards, storage, transfer and use protocols—is becoming an increasingly pressing and global issue.

While intellectual property and proprietary data have long been governed through strict legal frameworks, relatively scant protections have existed for user data and personal information. This lax regulatory environment for consumer data in particular has enabled the rise and dominance of global tech companies from Facebook and Google to Baidu and Tencent and has spurred a wave of privacy-focused regulation around the world.

In FP Analytics’ Data Governance Power Map series, we examine the emerging laws, regulations, and technologies that are both enabling greater data collection and impacting cross-border data flows. FPA’s Power Maps catalog the data localization laws, comprehensive national data regulations, government data collection, and monitoring and surveillance technologies that are shaping the global data governance landscape and carrying wide-ranging impacts for individuals, companies, governments, multilaterals, and non-profits.

Notably, these emerging data regulations are fundamentally altering the way organizations of all types can operate internationally. Major data privacy frameworks developed by first movers are serving as templates for other national frameworks under development, many of which are being tweaked to suit prevailing governments’ domestic agendas. For example, the recent passage of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and China’s Cybersecurity Law—two of the most comprehensive packages of data privacy regulations—have already had cascading impacts on businesses and organizations in these markets and on all of their trading partners. In 2017, U.S. firms cited data localization policies as their number-one impediment to digital trade, and these types of protectionist measures are only growing. And that is just the beginning.

At the same time, many national governments are crafting exemptions to their data privacy laws, empowering them to expand monitoring capabilities and build up massive data collection infrastructure. Driven by economic and national security interests, governments are increasingly monitoring private citizens, requesting access to corporate data, and limiting encryption. This mass accumulation of data can have transformative impacts on societies, raising questions about what uses are, in fact, in the public interest.

FP Analytics’ Data Governance Power Map series breaks down key emerging trends in global data governance by:

  • Pinpointing emerging global data governance trends;
  • Cataloguing specific data localization and data privacy laws by country;
  • Mapping encryption policies around the world;
  • Charting the global sales of data collection and surveillance technology; and
  • Exploring the risks and implications for businesses and individuals.

FP Analytics provides the most comprehensive assessment and mapping of data localization and privacy laws to date, as well as one of the most complete assessments and mappings of government data collection and regulation trends around the world. It is a powerful tool for businesses and others seeking to understand how evolving global governance regimes are shaping our digital world.

5G Explained

The discussion surrounding the ongoing development of the fifth generation of cellular networks, or “5G,” has invoked intense anticipation, deep-seated fear, and general confusion. 5G has the power to be a transformative technology, but it is widely misunderstood. Barclays’ polling found that only 28 percent of businesses know what 5G is and what it could do. This gap creates a competitive advantage for companies that are better able to understand 5G and craft effective 5G strategies. In our 5G series, FP Analytics analyzes three distinct aspects of 5G: Technology and Infrastructure, The Global Competitive Landscape, and National Security, which are essential to fully understanding the evolving industry and the range of commercial and geopolitical implications.

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