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A Realist View of Cyberspace

Chapters 3

Present the three major International relations paradigms:  realism, Liberal Internationalism and Constructivism. 


They lay out key concepts and explain
how they relate to events in cyberspace.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Describe significant concepts associated with Realism.

  • Apply the realist lens to describing issues of cybersecurity and cyber power.

  • Define cyber capabilities and their relation to both hard and soft power.

Questions for Discussion


  1. Compare and contrast
    conventional power and cyber power.

    Read this short article about Estonia, sometimes referred to as a tiny nation but a mighty cyber power:

  2. What does the existence of a nation like Estonia tell us about cyber power in contrast to conventional military power?

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