Anthony Craig

Cardiff University

Anthony Craig

Cyber Capabilities and Arms Races in International Politics

Cyberspace is widely considered a new domain of warfare as governments worldwide increasingly integrate cyber into their military structures and strategies. Empirical work in the field of cyber conflict is only in its nascent stage however. My interests lie in the dynamics of military build-ups and arms races in world politics and I apply these ideas to the global proliferation of cyber capabilities witnessed currently. My research investigates the extent to which cyber build-ups are driven by external threats and interstate competition, or by domestic political or economic factors. I also examine the implications of cyber build-ups for international cyber security, considering the linkages between arms racing and conflict indicated by traditional IR literature. The methods I use are mainly quantitative in nature and involve building a data set based on indicators of cyber power for a range of countries over time, but also include specific country case studies.

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