Global Law and Global Challenges - Cyber Warfare: Law and Policy Proposals for U.S. and Global Governance

Cybersecurity is the newest and most unique national security issue of the twenty-first century. Cyber warfare uses computer technologies as defensive and offensive weapons in international relations. Until now, there has been no national debate within the United States over the concept of cyber warfare; neither its meaning nor the international laws that govern this concept have been discussed at any length, and nor have the domestic rules regarding it. The debate over cyber warfare is only now emerging in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the foreign policy dialogue between the U.S., the Russian Federation, and other nations. National and international understanding and strategy should be developed, and infrastructure must be implemented nationally and internationally. It is important to explain cyber warfare between states in the context of domestic and international affairs from a legal-political perspective.

Stuart S. Malawer
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