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"What Do We Know About Cyber Conflict? Scope, Impact, and Restraint in Cyberspace"

CIS Seminar Series

CIS welcomes guest speaker Dr. Brandon Valeriano from University of Glasgow.
This paper, co-authored with Ryan Maness from University of Illinois at Chicago, summarizes and connects our various divergent cyber conflict research projectsto present a complete picture of the dynamics, theories, and scope of cyber operations in the digital age. We first examine the scope of cyber operations and who uses the tactic against whom. We then study the impact of cyber operations on conflict and cooperation dynamics with a goal of understanding the foreign policy dynamics of cyber conflict. Finally, we contrast a system of justice in cyber operations where the continued limited use of the tactic is the goal with divergent notions of offensive cyber actions. This paper will provide a comprehensive investigation of cyber conflict, a tactic some suggest will change the future of international interactions. We are much more measured in our reactions to the tactic and suggest while it will be an important tool, it will be restrained in its use by states and more likely represent method of information warfare rather than direct combat.To request copy of paper draft, please email About Valeriano:Brandon Valeriano (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University) is a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in the School of Social and Political Sciences (also in the area of Global Security). Dr. Valeriano’s main research interests include investigations of the causes of conflict and peace in the international system, as well as the study race/ethnicity from the international perspective. Ongoing and past research explores interstate rivalry, classification systems of war, the causes and consequences of military spending dynamics, cyber conflict, popular culture and foreign policy, and Latino foreign policy issues.  Dr. Valeriano has published over two dozen articles and book chapters in such outlets as the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Third World Quarterly, and Foreign Affairs.  He has just completed a book on the origins of rivalry (Becoming Rivals, Routledge 2013) and a book on Hollywood’s Representations of the Sino-Tibetan Conflict (Palgrave, 2012).
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