Persistent Enemies and Cyberwar: Rivalry Relations in an Age of Information Warfare by Brandon G Valeriano & Ryan Maness [Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper]
Posted in: Research at 08/03/2012 21:40
Abstract: As society moves into the digital age, international interactions are increasing hinge on cyber technologies for the realms of diplomacy, military, business, social interactions, and commerce. Technology has become a necessary aspect of daily life and interstate relations. When goods and activities are critical and valuable to society, these activities also become predatory targets.
This chapter will examine the concept of rivalry and repeated disputes through the lens of technology and cyberwar. Most wars occur under a situation of long-standing, mutual animosity or what scholars call rivalry. To understand how rivalries evolve in the current era it is important to investigate if cyber warfare increases tensions in an enemy dyad. What cyber capabilities do rivals have and then, what are the consequences of technological attacks on infrastructure during international tensions? As a weapon, can cyber attacks increase hostility in a rivalry? All these questions are important policy concerns that must be addressed as rivalry and international competition shifts from the conventional battlefield to the technological battlefield. Has cyberwar changed the fundamental nature of modern interstate rivalry?