23 Feb 2023, 15:00-16:00 (CET) / Online

Cyberspace and Instability, with Fiona Cunningham, Mark Raymond and Mailyn Fidler

Monthly Seminar Series

During this February seminar, Max Smeets and James Shires will be launching their edited volume Cyberspace and Instability, together with chapter authors Fiona Cunningham, Mark Raymond and Mailyn Fidler.

Mark Raymond

Wick Cary Associate Professor of International Relations and the Director of the Cyber Governance and Policy Center at the University of Oklahoma

The Hague Program on International Cyber Security

Mailyn Fidler

Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law

The Hague Program on International Cyber Security

Fiona Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania

The Hague Program on International Cyber Security

This seminar will be held online on Zoom. You can register here.

About Cyberspace and Instability

A wide range of actors have publicly identified cyber stability as a key policy goal but the meaning of stability in the context of cyber policy remains vague and contested: vague because most policymakers and experts do not define cyber stability when they use the concept; contested because they propose measures that rely - often implicitly - on divergent understandings of cyber stability.

This is a thorough investigation of instability within cyberspace and of cyberspace itself. Its purpose is to reconceptualise stability and instability for cyberspace, highlight their various dimensions and thereby identify relevant policy measures.

It critically examines both 'classic' notions associated with stability - for example, whether cyber operations can lead to unwanted escalation - as well as topics that have so far not been addressed in the existing cyber literature, such as the application of a decolonial lens to investigate Euro-American conceptualisations of stability in cyberspace.