The Virtual Weapon and International Order

The Virtual Weapon and International Order

by Lucas Kello


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An urgently needed examination of the current cyber revolution that draws on case studies to develop conceptual frameworks for understanding its effects on international order

The cyber revolution is the revolution of our time. The rapid expansion of cyberspace in society brings both promise and peril. It promotes new modes of political cooperation, but it also disrupts interstate dealings and empowers subversive actors who may instigate diplomatic and military crises. Despite significant experience with cyber incidents, the conceptual apparatus to analyze, understand, and address their effects on international order remains primitive. Here, Lucas Kello adapts and applies international relations theory to create new ways of thinking about cyber strategy.

Kello draws on a broad range of case studies - including the Stuxnet operation against Iran, the cyberattacks against Sony Pictures, and the disruption of the 2016 U.S. presidential election - to make sense of the contemporary technological revolution.

Synthesizing data from government documents, forensic reports of major events, and interviews with senior decision-makers, this important work establishes new theoretical benchmarks to help security experts revise strategy and policy for the unprecedented challenges of our era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300220230
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lucas Kello is senior lecturer in international relations at Oxford University, where he also serves as director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs.

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgments x

Introducion 1

Part I Theory and Concepts

1 The Quest for Cyber Theory 23

2 The Cyber Curse: Complications of Defense 58

3 Technological Revolution and International Order 80

Part II Degrees of the Cyber Revolution

4 Third-Order Cyber Revolution: Problems of Inadvertent Conflict 119

5 Second-Order Cyber Revolution: The Problem of the Revolutionary State 143

6 First-Order Cyber Revolution: Pressures from Outside the States System 160

Part III Problems of Strategy and Policy

7 The Deterrence Puzzle: Doctrinal Problems and Remedies 195

8 Russia and Cyberspace: Manifestations of the Revolution 212

9 Private Sector Active Defense: An Adequate Response to the Sovereignty Gap? 229

10 Cyber Futures 247

Notes 258

Bibliography 301

Index 315

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