Cyberpolitics in International Relations

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Cyberpolitics in International Relations
by Nazli Choucri
The MIT Press, 2012
320 pp. $27.00

Cyberspace is creating new ways for individuals to interact, complicating old notions of sovereignty, stability, and security. People everywhere are gaining access to knowledge and to one another, but these growing connections are also creating new vulnerabilities. Choucri has put together a systematic guide to these issues, informed by international relations theory. She has mapped a world still in the making, illuminating the new political landscape of cyberspace and the ways it complicates states’ pursuits of power and wealth. The book examines the positive and negative implications of the revolution in communications technology: new ways for individuals to organize and give voice to fresh ideas, but also novel forms of crime, espionage, and war, along with new opportunities for authoritarian states to exercise control.