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date: 16 May 2021

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Cyber security has undoubtedly become one of the most the significant and proliferating fields of International Relations scholarship. Polls and the news media’s reaction to the issue suggest that cyber threats are one of the critical threats in the international agenda, yet scholars have struggled to seriously tackle the implications of this framework and potential theoretical perspectives that would guide inquiry. In this chapter we trace the development of the field, its trends, and the major theoretical ideas suggested by scholars. Our effort will focus on what we know about cyber security and on pressing theoretical questions. The study concludes with an evaluation of the state of norms and ethics in the field given conceptualizations of justice, morality, and norms. Clearly cyber security is an important aspect of international relations; but is the field driving its own ideas, or does it replicate ideas from other security domains?

Keywords: cyberspace, Stuxnet, cyber conflict, cyber defence, cyber capacity

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