Category Archives: Cyberpower

Strategy in the Contemporary World – the Cyber Dimension

SITCW 5th Ed

The 5th Edition of Strategy in the Contemporary World was published by Oxford University Press on 31 December 2015, and is available from all good booksellers.

Among the many excellent chapters on all things strategic by some of the leading thinkers around is my updated chapter (originally published in the 4th Edition) titled “The Rise of Cyberpower.

Strategy in the Contemporary World is a great introductory textbook for student and layman alike looking to understand the fundamentals of, and trends in, strategic studies.

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Geopolitics and Cyberpower: Why Geography Still Matters

AFPI Journal

I have a new article, “Geopolitics and Cyberpower: Why Geography Still Matters,” published in the latest issue of American Foreign Policy Interests, the journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York City.

It’s an imperfect first attempt at an issue that is of enduring interest to me, so expect more on this from me down the road. That said, all comments and critiques are welcome. I hope you enjoy it: 10803920%2E2014%2E969174

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Realism Endures: Why States Seek Digital Arms and Will Continue to Do So

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I posted earlier today about my forthcoming participation in the Citizen Lab’s Cyber Dialogue 2013 in Toronto, 17-18 March. The Director of the Citizen Lab, Ron Deibert, invited a number of participants (including yours truly) to write blog posts for the Dialogue in order to spur discussion and debate.

My contribution, “Realism Endures: Why States Seek Digital Arms and Will Continue to Do So,” can be found here. In this short essay I make a classical realist argument that states are the primary actors in cyberspace, and that cyberspace compounds state insecurity. So long as insecurity persists in international politics it is only logical – and tragic in the spirit of the Ancient Greeks – that states will continue to seek out digital arms in order to mitigate the anarchy.

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Cyber Dialogue 2013, Citizen Lab/University of Toronto, 17-18 March

Cyber Dialogue 2013

I shall be participating in this year’s Cyber Dialogue, hosted and organized by the University of Toronto‘s Citizen Lab, on 17-18 March.

The event is put together by my friend and colleague Ron Deibert, and is one of the most unique and fruitful get-together’s in the cyber community.

I hope to see you there!

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Space and Cyber Security Policy Approaches – A Chatham House Event

Chatham House Royal Institute of international affairs

I shall be in London this week to speak at Chatham House on U.S. approaches to space and cyber security policy making, and their impact on the international landscape. Details of the event can be found here.

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Cyberpower Chapter in OUP’s ‘Strategy in the Contemporary World’

Strategy in the Contemporary World

I have a chapter titled “The Rise of Cyberpower,” in the forthcoming 4th edition of Strategy in the Contemporary World, published by Oxford University Press.

For those unfamiliar with it, Strategy in the Contemporary World has become the go-to introductory text on strategic studies. The 4th edition is expected to be published on February 7, 2013.

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Sheldon speaks on Cyber, Deterrence

I shall be taking part in two events this week in Washington, DC – both hosted by the Marshall Institute.

The first event, “Examining the Role of Government in Private Sector Cyber Security,” shall be moderated by yours truly and will feature contributions from Dr. Lani Kass, just recently retired as senior adviser on cyberspace issues to Admiral Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Mr. Daniel Gallington, former DASD; and noted cyber security expert Dmitri Alperovitch. The event takes place on Tuesday, 15 November, 3pm-5pm at the Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003.

 

The second event, “Returning to Fundamentals: Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century,” is a roundtable featuring Dr. Bob Butterworth, Peter Marquez, Eric Sterner, and myself, where we shall all be talking about our respective chapters in the Marshall Institute publication Returning to Fundamentals: Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century, published in August 2011. This event takes place on Wednesday, 16 November, 8am-11am, again at the Capitol Hill Club.

See you there!

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