CyberPolitics refers to the intersection of cyberspace and international relations. Until recently, cyberspace was considered largely a matter of low politics—a term used to denote background conditions and routine decisions and processes. While nationalism, political participation, political contention, conflict, violence, and war are among the common concerns of high politics, cyberspace and its uses have vaulted into the highest realm of high politics.

There is limited understanding of how cyberspace influences international relations and how power and politics in international relations influence the conduct and management of cyberspace. Dominant assumptions of 20th century politics and policy are severely undermined by the 21st century, deeply rooted in the cyber age with its dynamic and changing configurations.


There are excellent maps and visual materials for international relations and its various facets. There are excellent maps of cyber access, different representations of traffic, and different features of cyberspace. Missing, however, is a combined view so essential for understanding the implications of the cyber domain and its effects on world politics.

At this time, a cyber-inclusive view of international relations has become a necessity rather than simply a convenience. Such a view is missing from the current corpus of scientific knowledge and tools for policy analysis. It must be developed if we are to manage the complex challenges of the 21st century, defined in large part by the complexity and co-evolution of cyberspace and international relations.

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