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Europe Is Developing Offensive Cyber Capabilities. The United States Should Pay Attention.

by Guest Blogger
U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hold a joint news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters).

Jeppe T. Jacobsen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies and the University of Southern Denmark. He previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark as a coordinator of Denmark’s cyber diplomacy in European Union and NATO.

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The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia’s Information Warfare Strategy

by David Fidler
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia November 7, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

In discussing what President Trump might do in cybersecurity, an acquaintance sent me a hyperlink to a story supporting his perspective. The link contained an article from RT, formerly known as Russia Today–a tool of the Russian government. The link appeared during our robust sharing of ideas, not as a warning about Russian propaganda. But, there, in my email inbox was a manifestation of Russian information warfare.

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President Trump’s Unlikely Effect on the U.S.-EU Tech Relationship

by Guest Blogger
Protesters rally near the Eiffel Tower to demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration order in Paris, France, February 4, 2017. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters).

Marietje Schaake is a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. You can follow her @MarietjeSchaake

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The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Where Thucydides Meets Cyberspace

by Guest Blogger
Thucydides, the grandfather of the security dilemma. (Flickr user Chris JL)

Ben Buchanan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Cybersecurity Project. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. You can follow him @BuchananBen.

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The Continued Importance of the U.S.-China Cyber Dialogue

by Adam Segal
Participants run past the Tiananmen gate, with a portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong hanging on it, during the Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China, September 20, 2015. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

During the second week of January, I was in Beijing for the tenth round of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) Cybersecurity Dialogue. Government officials, think tank analysts, and academics participate in the meeting, and previous discussions have covered issues such as norms, state responsibilities in cyberspace, and crisis escalation and communication. The meetings have also included scenarios (which have in the past been inaccurately reported as “war games“) that allow the two sides to talk through how they might respond to certain types of cyberattacks and what they would expect from other nation-states in terms of cooperation and communication.

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How to Think About a State’s Cyber Capabilities

by Guest Blogger
CFR Cyber Net Politics Buyan, a 15-year-old male Siberian brown bear, walks in its enclosure as he wakes up after winter hibernation at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 22, 2015. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters).

Tony Craig is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University. Brandon Valeriano is a Reader at Cardiff University, the Donald Bren Chair of Armed Politics at the Marine Corps University, a fellow at the Niskanen Center, and author of Cyber War versus Cyber Realities on Oxford University Press.

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The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Revisits Terrorism in Cyberspace

by David Fidler
Twitter hashtag for UN Counter-Terrorism Committee meetings on ICT terrorism, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016 (D Fidler)

Last week, the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee held meetings on preventing the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for terrorist purposes. These meetings, like similar ones in December 2015, focused on the self-declared Islamic State’s use of the internet and social media and highlighted increased activities during 2016 against ICT terrorism by international organizations, governments, civil society, and tech companies. However, problems exposed in 2015 appeared again in these meetings, raising questions about what impact the increased actions have had.

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Russia Gains an Upper Hand in the Cyber Norms Debate

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CFR Cyber Net Politics Putin Smile Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting with representatives of a business community at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, February 3, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

Robert Morgus is a policy analyst with New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative and International Security Program and he is the co-author of the recently published Graphic Guide to Cyber Norms. You can follow him at @RobMorgus.

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