Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.

Cybersecurity's Uncertain Battleground

Cybersecurity's uncertain battleground

Michael Hayden, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), once remarked about cybersecurity that “rarely has something been so important and so talked about with less clarity and less understanding.”1 In large part this is because neither those who have carried out a cyberattack nor the attack's victims are anxious to reveal many details. Attackers do not wish to publicly admit responsibility and become the target for reprisals or have their capabilities known. Victims fear that in providing details of a successful attack they will reveal what information has been compromised or alert others to weaknesses in their systems, thereby inviting further attacks. For example, the March-April 2010 cyberattack on computers used by Iran to produce nuclear power, about ...

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