The war on Ukraine has significantly impacted the EU’s foreign policy, including in cyberspace. The EU’s cyber defence policy adopted in 2022 address some of the longstanding questions on the block’s cyber agenda: its overall ambition in cyberspace, the relations between military and civilian actors, and existing capabilities gaps. But is this enough? And what are some of the questions that remain unanswered?

At this seminar, Dr. Patryk Pawlak will provide an overview of the recently adopted EU cyber-related policies and assess their relevance in the current geopolitical context. He will then discuss some of the outstanding issues, especially in the context of the ongoing revisions of the EU Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox.

This event is a collaboration between the Norway meets Europe seminar series and NUPIs research center on digital technology and cybersecurity.

Dr. Patryk Pawlak is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe. His fields of expertise are global governance of cyberspace, the impact of technology on foreign and security policy, and the EU’s cyber and digital diplomacy. He works regularly with governments, international organizations, and various EU initiatives on cyber diplomacy, and is involved in multilateral and bilateral cyber-related processes.His current research focuses on how cyber and digital policies are shaping the multilateral system and the EU’s role in this process. He also works on questions of accountability and coercive diplomacy in cyberspace.

Pawlak is a recognized expert on cyber capacity building policy; he is the lead author of the “Operational Guidance for the EU’s international cooperation on cyber capacity building” and a former co-chair of the advisory board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise. He Until recently, Pawlak was the project director of EU Cyber Direct, an EU-funded initiative to support the bloc’s engagement on cyber diplomacy and digital policies worldwide. In this capacity, he ideated and coordinated the European Cyber Diplomacy Dialogue with the School of Transnational Governance in Florence, bringing together senior government officials and scholars.