Book Workshop: The Virtual Weapon and International Order


About the Book:

The cyber revolution is the revolution of our times. The rapid expansion of cyberspace brings both promise and peril. It promotes new modes of political interaction, but it also disrupts interstate dealings and empowers nonstate actors who may instigate diplomatic and military crises. Despite significant experience with cyber phenomena, the conceptual apparatus to analyze, understand, and address their effects on international order remains primitive. This book adapts and applies international relations theory to create new ways of thinking about cyber strategy. It draws on a broad range of case studies, including the Estonian crisis, the Olympic Games operation against Iran, and the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Synthesizing data from a variety of government and other sources from around the globe, this important work establishes new conceptual benchmarks to help security experts adapt strategy and policy to the unprecedented challenges of our times.