Cyberspace is widely acknowledged as a fundamental fact of daily life in today’s world. Until recently, its political impact was thought to be a matter of l. Cyberpolitics in International Relations. Nazli Choucri. The MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England. Cyberpolitics is reshaping political process, democratic values, theory and practice of international relations. cyberwarfare threatened security.

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Cyberspace is reshaping the political process, democratic values and voting behavior, theory and practice of international relations.

Nazli Choucri: CyberPolitics in International Relations

On one hand, world public opinion and cyberpolitics imposes restrictions of the powers of sovereign states and gives voice to the voiceless and underprivileged people while on other hand cyberspace provides sophisticated tool for governments to control the information and censorship. The public way of thinking is largely controlled by the states and technology giants through the availability of a certain type of information. Non-state actors especially technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter are making a large share to shape the new world order.

World order is reshaped by the technological advances with the new structure of relations having the features of individualism, the weak hierarchy of internatiohal, diffusion of power, non-state actors, and international unions.

When an actor in world politics flexes her cyber muscles through expansionist cyber policy outside the geographical and political jurisdiction then it is a internatlonal matter in international relations and can be said cyberwarfare. The events in international politics like wiki leaks episodes, Edward Snowden leaks and Russian cyber intrusions in U.

In the 21st century, Cyberpolitics changed cybedpolitics nature of international relations that was based on the Westphalian system as the political, economic, social and individual behaviors are transformed into the cyber age. The dramatic extension of cyber access in all parts of the world, access to information, the formation of international civil society, freedom of voicing, people to people connectivity, and cyber movements and trends have ibternational solid influence on nation states.

The globalization shifts pillar of power in all its shapes interests, influences, capabilities, demands, and resources. The emergence of new innovative practices and markets has reshaped the influences and grounds of power and struggle of power between states and the private sector.


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interntaional Faster growing role of non-state actors like humanitarian organizations, religious groups, distinctive ideologies, political movements and the threats posed by them is critical to states, the ability of governments to track, assess the activities, limitation and define their responsibilities are weakening and made them more vulnerable.

The existing world order which is characterized by the hierarchical power relations among the states like unipolar, bipolar, internatlonal, regional and extra-regional blocks are being replaced by the new structure of relations having cyherpolitics of individualism, the weak hierarchy of states, diffusion of power, and international unions.

Today cyber threats are considered biggest threats to the national security and emergent source of vulnerability. The unprecedented potential of the weak states and non-state actors to harm or influence much stronger states and organizations a great shift in the nature of the game.

For example, in the case of a series of cyber-attacks on U. Ambiguities and uncertainties posed by the individuals, groups, inventors of new products, commercial entities, cyber markets, unlawful groups and state proxies to the existing social, economic, and political structures have potential to imbalance international order and spread anarchy.

In the sixty-day review of relxtions cyber situation, officials find serious vulnerabilities through cyberspace to national security and citizens.

Threats to critical infrastructures, the militarization of cyberspace, cyber warfare, cyber espionage, economic espionage, disruptiveness of cyberspace are the critical internatoonal national security and manifestations of Cyberpolitics.

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The initiatives are taken globally to counter the cyber threats and tracking systems. International cooperation should be strengthened to save the international order, norms, laws, peace, and security without violating cyber rights and human rights.

Cyberspace has a greater influence on international order, decision making, power distribution, and international economic relations. Emergent politicization of cyberspace creates a state of cyber warfare, cyber weapons are threatened the security of states, causing complexity of defense and strategic balance. Cyber peace provides the number of way to individuals to put their weight on politics which governments cannot always be ignored.

States cannot silence their voices because it is difficult to identify the person or groups who are responsible for a specific campaign, these campaigns also run on the global level to gain the international public opinion. In fact, cyberspace did not have the potential to replace the traditional Westphalian political structure but it allows individuals self-definition and worldwide voice within established political structures.


The individuals self-definition is effectively express their worldview and successfully bypass the power of states and censorship. But when the individual or groups are threatened the established order the state are using their legitimate and even beyond the legitimate powers to deal with the situation.

States have used cyberspace as a tool of foreign policy and exercise their power, influence and advance technology to achieve their goals.

To pursue their policies and counter the criticism through propaganda and misleading the masses is a commonly used in domestic and international politics. But in future, the traditional ways to exert power and control will less effective as the changes are faster in societies will demand new structures and orders for greater individual freedoms.

Sovereignty and psychological equilibrium will be greatly shared between nation states and the private sector in the age of cyber anarchy. The war of all against all.

The growing complexity to manage the cyberspace, politically unwanted content, control on information, denial of access and censorship are day by day challenging the authority and sovereignty of state as well as the business of international relations.

The private sector, governments, international agencies, keep on to expanding internet access around the globe will be resulted in greater human rights achievement and reduces the barriers and will lead towards demands for distributed governance at very low levels. Your email address will not be published.

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