Between War and Peace: Considering the Statecraft of Cyberspace from the Perspective of the U.S. State Department
This paper considers how cyber-enabled diplomacy may be undertaken by the United States. While cyber warfare has been a popular topic of discussion over the past decade, less has attention has been directed at the use of cyber instruments (information technology, social media, the blogosphere, etc.) in diplomatic engagement. Considered here is the debate regarding cybersecurity issues and how that debate factors into U.S. diplomatic initiatives. Covered are the: (a) framing of the issue; (b) emergence of cyberspace as an issue for diplomacy; (c) coverage of major incidents for consideration; and (d) prescriptive elements for inter-agency and intra-State Department policy development and collaboration.