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13th Annual Conference, BISA US Foreign Policy Research Group

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The other day I was at the 13th annual conference of the BISA US foreign policy working group. A great annual event, this time hosted by colleague and friend Matthew Hill at Liverpool John Moores University.

Along with listening to fascinating presentations ranging from US grand strategy to drone warfare to piracy, I also contributed with my own work.

This time, I presented on the Obama administration and US cyber security policy.

The main argument of the presentation, which ideally will in due time result in a journal publication, is that the Obama presidency contributed more than any previous presidency to the development of US cyber security strategy. Evidence of that is in the sheer number and undeniable importance of the administration’s measures which included both strategic documents and institutional measures. Moreover, the Obama presidency uniquely attempted to approach the issue of US cyber security in a holistic way rather than focusing on specific and more narrow aspects such as counter terrorism or critical infrastructure protection.

In addition, I also developed a definition of cyber security policy and advanced arguments in favor of the need for major attention by scholars of US foreign policy in Europe to the topic of cyber security.

Stay tuned for info on when the paper will be ready for publication!

 

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Debating US Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf: What is the Way Forward?

My latest article published in the academic journal RBPI (Revista Brasileira de Politica Internacional).

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Abstract:

Should the US strategy toward the Persian Gulf be one of offshore balancing or one of deep engagement?

The debate on US grand strategy lacks solid empirical ground. I address this issue by providing a study of the US role as the Gulf’s security provider. I investigate the extent to which distinct military strategies have affected the stability of the region.

My findings show no clear correlation between increased US military presence and a reduction in either the incidence or the intensity of regional armed conflict, possibly lending credibility to the arguments of the advocates of a strategy of offshore balancing.

Open access to the full article here

What is Net Neutrality and Why does it Matter?

On 14 December 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) effectively reneged on its own 2015 Open Internet Order, which was devised to allow open and fair access to the internet.

In Europe, Net Neutrality is currently protected by EU policy 2015-2120 in support of a digital single market.

In this short but illustrative video, BBC explain the concept of Net Neutrality and some implications of its repeal for the Internet and Internet users.

Cyber Influence Ops: The Case of Cambridge Analytica

Excerpt from Christopher Wylie’s interview:

“Instead of standing in the public square and saying what you think and then letting people come and listen to you and have that shared experience about what your narrative is. You are whispering into the ear of each and every voter and maybe whispering one thing to this voter and another thing to another voter. We risk fragmenting society in a way where we don’t have any shared experiences and we don’t have any shared understanding. If we don’t have any shared understanding how can we be a functioning society?

Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos

I am glad to say that I have been invited to be a member of the editorial board of REDEN (Revista Española de Estudios Norteamericanos) a peer-reviewed academic journal published in English by the Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcala’ de Henares, Spain.

Here is the full list of the names of the members of the board:

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