Nuclear Prominence and Cyber Persistence: The dynamics of 21st century international security

In terms of international security dynamics, we live in a world of nuclear prominence and, simultaneously, a world of growing cyber persistence. This presentation will explore the distribution of power dynamics associated with these two distinct strategic environments and the different approaches to national security they necessitate. The talk will then examine the crucial question of how these two strategic environments might intersect, and how the radically shifting technological terrain of cyberspace, including the advent of more powerful machine learning, will impact this intersection.


Dr. Richard J. Harknett is US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Cybersecurity, Cyber Studies Programme, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of over fifty publications in the area of international relations theory and international security studies. He served as scholar-in-residence at US Cyber Command/NSA (2016) and has provided invited lectures in seven countries and numerous presentations to government agencies, including the US Defense and State Departments and provided briefings to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill.



All are welcome. Lunch will be provided at 12.15pm. Places are limited. To book a seat, please email


The Cyber Studies Programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Estonian Government.