"Cyberwar, Cybered Conflict, and the International System"

CIS Seminar Series

CIS welcomes Professor Peter Dombrowski from the U.S. Naval War College.


Theorists of war from Clausewitz to Beaufre and beyond have recognized that the first duty of a political leader, general officer and civilian strategist is to recognize the nature of the conflicts at hand. Over the last two decades, all three groups have struggled to understand the impact of cyberspace on conflict and war. International relations scholars have likewise explored the how cyberspace affects world politics. This chapter will build upon recent research examining how cyberspace is affecting global conflict and the nature of interstate relations in the coming decades. The intent is to help scholars analyze how cyberspace is changing international relations and practitioners to understand the types of war they must wage today and in the future.



Dr. Peter Dombrowski is a professor of strategy at the Naval War College where he serves as the chair of the Strategic Research Department.  Previous positions include director of the Naval War College Press, editor of the Naval War College Review, co-editor of International Studies Quarterly, Associate Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and defense analyst at ANSER, Inc. He has also been affiliated with research institutions including the East-West Center, The Brookings Institution, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University among others.

Dr Dombrowski is the author of over forty articles, monographs, book chapters and government reports. In June 2009, Stanford University Press published his volume edited with John Duffield, Balance Sheet: The Iraq War and U.S. National Security. His last book, co-authored with Eugene Gholz, is Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry (Columbia University Press, 2006). In 2005 he edited two volumes, Guns and Butter: the Political Economy of the New International Security Environment (Lynne Reinner, 2005) and Naval Power in the Twenty-first Century: a Naval War College Review Reader (Naval War College Press, 2005). Earlier books include Policy Responses to the Globalization of American Banking (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996) and with Andrew Ross and Eugene Gholz, Military Transformation and the Defense Industry After Next: The Defense Industrial Implications of Network-Centric Warfare (Naval War College Press 2002).

Awards include a Chancellor’s Scholarship for Prospective Leaders from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1994 and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 2007 for his role in the development of A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower. He received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. 

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