Foreign governments, non-state actors, and criminal networks are targeting the digital networks of the United States with increasing frequency and sophistication. U.S. cybersecurity has made progress, but relies heavily on the private sector to secure infrastructure critical to national security.
The U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace was released by the White House on May 16, 2011; it "outlines our vision for the future of cyberspace, and sets an agenda for partnering with other nations and peoples to realize it."
Adam Segal testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about Chinese cyber espionage and China's desire to reduce its dependence on the West for advanced technologies.
CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal argues that the United States should shape rules for the virtual world through informal multilateralism rather than formal negotiations, reaching out to allies and other powers, as well as private corporations and nongovernmental organizations.
"The deeper problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it myopically views privacy as a form of secrecy. In contrast, understanding privacy as a plurality of related issues demonstrates that the disclosure of bad things is just one among many difficulties caused by government security measures. To return to my discussion of literary metaphors, the problems are not just Orwellian but Kafkaesque. Government information-gathering programs are problematic even if no information that people want to hide is uncovered."
Speaker: William J. Lynn III Presider: Nicholas Thompson
William Lynn III, Deputy Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Department of Defense and the author of "Defending New Domain: The Pentagon's New Cyberstrategy" discusses cybersecurity with Nicholas Thompson, Senior Editor of The New Yorker.
Cybersecurity expert Knake recommends the United States use international forums to promote mechanisms that address security concerns in cyberspace while ensuring the Internet remains open for the free exchange of ideas across national boundaries.
This report argues that the lack of sustained attention to energy issues is undercutting U.S. foreign policy and national security.
CFR Experts Guide
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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