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The rise of cyber-diplomacy: the EU, its strategic partners and cyber-security

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Cyber-security and cyber-governance are increasingly shaping the international agenda, not least in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations and various cases of cyber-attacks from China and Russia. Governments worldwide have come to realise that their national security also depends on the security of their computers and technological devices. The European Union is no exception. In this context, international cooperation is becoming ever more important, while the regulation of the cyber-space becomes more contested. The EU is progressively raising its profile in this debate, for which strategic partnerships prove a useful instrument in its toolbox.

ESPO Working paper 7, June 2014.

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