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Western discourse on cyber security and cyber governance accepts as a given that arguments for Internet freedom and a multi-stakeholder approach to managing the Internet are beyond challenge. However, in many parts of the world these arguments are the subject of vigorous debate, driven in large measure by perceptions that the US and its allies are exploiting their dominant position in the cyber domain for sinister geo-political motives. Some of the challenges to Western approaches are driven by cynicism but many reflect real fears and perceptions of vulnerability. 

Nigel Inkster, Eneken Tikk-Ringas and Rafal Rohozinski discuss these outside views of America's role in the cyber domain, providing insights into how non-Western countries perceive the US's policies and position. Understanding how major actors such as China and Russia view Western policies towards the Internet constitute an important element in devising effective strategies for managing this increasingly contentious domain.

The discussion was chaired by Bryce Campbell, Managing Director, IISS-US and take place at IISS-US, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20037.

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IISS-US Discussion Meeting
Nigel Inkster
Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS 
Eneken Tikk-Ringas
Senior Fellow for Cyber Security, IISS
Rafal Rohozinski
Consulting Senior Fellow for Cyber Security, IISS
Wednesday 25 June 2014, 10-11am EDT/ 3-4pm BST

Cyberspace and the State: Toward a Strategy for Cyber-power

This Adelphi tackles the diverse range of issues raised by our dependence on digital networks, to consider how instantaneous, global communications are challenging national and social orders and what shape those challenges may take as the net is cast ever wider.

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