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U.S.-China Cyber Deal Takes Norm Against Economic Espionage Global

by David Fidler Monday, September 28, 2015
Xi Obama CFR Net Politics Cybersecurity Agreement U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands following a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington September 25, 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters).

For years, the United States has argued that economic espionage by governments is wrong and should stop. The U.S. government became more vocal about this position as the Internet provided means for governments to engage in economic espionage on an unprecedented scale. But, among allies and adversaries, the United States made no headway on its international norm—until last Friday, when the White House announced the U.S. and Chinese governments agreed not to engage in or support economic espionage and to cooperate in implementing this commitment.

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Attribution, Proxies, and U.S.-China Cybersecurity Agreement

by Adam Segal Monday, September 28, 2015
Xi Obama CFR Net Politics Cybersecurity Agreement U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington September 25, 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters).

In evaluating the cybersecurity agreement the United States and China announced on Friday, we can ask ourselves three questions: did Beijing accept there should be a norm against the cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property to help individual firms? Will the agreement lead to a decrease in cyberattacks on the United States? And is the agreement a diplomatic step forward for the United States and China?  We will have to wait and see for more conclusive answers, but for now I think they are: looks likely; very uncertain; and yes, but will have to be built on.

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Quick Reactions to the U.S.-China Cybersecurity Agreement

by Robert Knake Friday, September 25, 2015
Xi Obama Cybersecurity Net Politics Agreement CFR U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 25, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters).

After an all night sessions at the Marriot Wardman Park, the United States has emerged with a landmark cybersecurity agreement with China. The deal has three parts: Read more »

Bad News: Cyber Norms Probably Won’t Constrain Cyber Conflict

by Guest Blogger Monday, September 14, 2015
Chemical Warfare CFR Net Politics Cyber Norms British Vickers machine gun crew wearing PH-type anti-gas helmets near Ovillers, France during the Battle of the Somme, July 1916. (Courtesy John Warwick Brooke).

Brian M. Mazanec is an adjunct professor at George Mason University. His book, The Evolution of Cyber War: International Norms for Emerging-Technology Weapons, will be published by Potomac Books next month.

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