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Striking Back: The End of Peace in Cyberspace and How to Restore It

  • Lucas Kello
Thursday 20 October 2022
Online / Zoom

This seminar only takes place online, on Zoom, from 16:00-17:00 (CET) - register at the link below to receive the meeting link.

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In their October monthly seminar, The Hague Program on InternationaL Cyber Security welcomes Lucas Kello, Associate Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. He will present his new book Striking Back: The End of Peace in Cyberspace - And How to Restore It.

About Striking Back

Faced with relentless technological aggression that imperils democracy, how can Western nations fight back?

Before the cyber age, foreign interference in democratic politics played out in a comparatively narrow arena. The rapid expansion of cyberspace has radically altered this situation. The hacking activities of Russian military agents in the 2016 US presidential election and other major incidents demonstrate the sophisticated offensive strategies pursued by geopolitical adversaries.

The West is winning the technology race – yet losing the larger contest over cybersecurity.

Lucas Kello reveals the failures of present policy to prevent cyberattacks and other forms of technological aggression. Drawing upon case studies and interviews with decision-makers, he develops a bold new approach: a concentrated and coordinated response strategy that targets adversaries’ interests and so recaptures the initiative.

About Lucas Kello

Lucas Kello is associate professor of international relations at Oxford University, where he serves as Senior Lecturer and codirector of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. He is the author of The Virtual Weapon and International Order.


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