Information and communication technology present new challenges to international affairs. ‘Cyber everything’ has profound implications, including for international peace and security. We need a better understanding of these challenges and of ways for addressing them.

With more and more states and non-state actors developing and using cyber capabilities, what rules apply to responsible state behavior in cyberspace? How can we inspire confidence between states that others will not abuse information and communication technology?  At what levels do we need to act – globally, regionally, bilaterally? And how can we make sure that the IT industry, the science community, and civil society assume their appropriate roles and responsibilities?  

The head of the Cyber Policy Coordination Staff in Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Karsten Geier, will join us for a discussion on issues and priorities. He was a member of the 2014/2015 United Nations Group of Government Experts on Information and Communication in the Context of International Security and chaired that Group in 2016/2017.  Karsten also contributes his experience in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where he has been actively engaged on cyber confidence-building since 2013.

Lecturer in Global Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, Dr. Tim Stevens, and Research Fellow at NUPI Lilly Pijnenburg Muller will be Discussants to the talk.

Chair is Niels Nagelhus Schia, coordinator for the Cyber Security Forum at NUPI.