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Deterrence in Cyberspace

| June 03, 2019

Earlier this year, American officials acknowledged that US offensive cyber operations had stopped Russian disruption of the 2018 congressional election. Such operations are rarely discussed, but this time there was commentary about a new offensive doctrine of "persistent engagement" with potential adversaries. Will it work?

Proponents of "persistent engagement" have sought to strengthen their case by arguing that deterrence does not work in cyberspace. But that sets up a false dichotomy. Properly used, a new offensive doctrine can reinforce deterrence, not replace it....

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For Academic Citation: Nye, Joseph S.“Deterrence in Cyberspace.” Project Syndicate, June 3, 2019.