The Geopolitics of Cyberspace

Project Expert

Adam Segal

Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

About the Project

During the Cold War, many of the most intense ideological and political struggles revolved around the organization of economic systems. Even among Western allies, there were differences over the state's role in the market, the distribution of benefits between labor and capital, and the degree of openness to international trade. The competition over economic systems of course continues but is now joined by a new conflict over the organization and ownership of data and information—how states create and regulate new information, defend it, and deploy it as a weapon against their adversaries. In my forthcoming book, The Geopolitics of Cyberspace, I describe this new conflict, explain how rising cyber power states are developing, and suggest a set of policies that improve the United States' ability to advance its interests in and through cyberspace. I direct CFR's Program on Digital and Cyberspace Policy, oversee a roundtable on cybersecurity, and have written about cyber threats to the oil and gas industry. I blog at Net Politics and was the projector director of a CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. policy toward cyberspace.