This book examines the impact of the information revolution on international and domestic security, attempting to remedy both the lack of theoretically informed analysis of information security and the US-centric tendency in the existing literature.
International Relations and Security in the Digital Age covers a range of topics, including: critical infrastructure protection, privacy issues, international cooperation, cyber terrorism, and security policy. It aims to analyze the impact of the information revolution on international and domestic security; examine what existing international relations theories can say about this challenge; and discuss how international relations theory can be developed to better meet this challenge.
The analysis suggests that Liberalism’s focus on pluralism, interdependence and globalization, Constructivism’s emphasis on language, symbols and images (including ‘virtuality’), and some elements of Realist strategic studies (on the specific topic of information warfare) contribute to a better understanding of digital age security.
This book will be of interest to students of security studies, globalization, international relations, and politics and technology.
Introduction. 1. Closing the Gap Between International Relations Theory and Studies of Digital-Age Security Part 1: The Politics of Threats 2. The Virtual Sanctuary of Al-Qaeda and Terrorism in an Age of Globalization 3. From ‘Cyberterrorism’ to ‘Cyberwar’, Back and Forth: How the United States Securitized Cyberspace Part 2: The Politics of Protection 4. Securing the Information Age: The Challenges of Complexity for Critical Infrastructure Protection and IR Theory 5. Assessing Theories of Information Technology and Security for the Middle East 6. Public-Private Cooperation and Information Assurance: A Liberal Institutionalist Approach 7. International Policy Dynamics and the Regulation of Dataflows: Bypassing Domestic Restrictions Conclusion. 8. Digital-Age Security in Theory and Practice