Introduction to the Research Handbook on Cyberwarfare

Tim Stevens*, Joe Devanny

*Corresponding author for this work

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The ‘Introduction to the Research Handbook on Cyberwarfare’ sets out the editors’ rationale for the volume and contextualizes its object of enquiry in broad historical terms. It identifies ‘cyberwarfare’ as a mode of military-intelligence statecraft, whilst recognizing the ambiguities inherent in its conceptualization, meaning and practical applications. The Introduction relates the parameters of the volume and then provides a summary of the structure and content of the individual chapters across four main themes – ‘Conceptualizing and Investigating Cyberwarfare’, ‘Cyberwarfare Actors and Institutions’, ‘Cyberwarfare Operations and Strategy’, and ‘Cyberwarfare Governance’. It concludes with brief thoughts about encouraging a diverse and reflective research community dedicated to understanding and explaining cyberwarfare as an essential fact of international life in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Cyberwarfare
PublisherEdward Elgar
Publication statusSubmitted - 12 Jan 2024


  • Cyberwarfare
  • Statecraft
  • Cyberwar
  • Cyber Strategy
  • Military Affairs
  • Intelligence


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