Virtual Theory

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  • Title: Virtual Theory: Integrating Cybersecurity into International Relations Theory
  • Author(s): Daryl Bockett
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
  • Keywords: Cybersecurity, Information Warfare, Perception Management, Soft Balancing, Structural Realism
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2324-755X (Print)
  • ISSN: 2324-7568 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2324-755X/CGP/v12i04/15-30
  • Citation: Bockett, Daryl. 2018. "Virtual Theory: Integrating Cybersecurity into International Relations Theory." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies 12 (4): 15-30. doi:10.18848/2324-755X/CGP/v12i04/15-30.
  • Extent: 16 pages

Abstract

Existing theories of international relations (IR) have so far been unable to deal with the challenges presented by emerging forms of cyberattack. This article presents a way to integrate the kinds of cyberattack that were seen in the 2016 American presidential election into existing IR theories. Additionally, within the framework of structural realism, it introduces the concept of cyber soft balancing, including but not limited to information warfare, and argues that this will become a permanent feature of great power competition and conflict.