Strategic narratives and the multilateral governance of cyberspace: The cases of European Union, Russia, and India

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Abstract

The last few years have seen the emergence of a cybersecurity regime complex divided into specialized forums discussing different sub-issues. But how do the main actors in cyberspace make sense of its fragmented governance, and how does that translate to their broader strategic narratives? Furthermore, to what extent are these in line with the predominant macro-narratives in the cyber-domain? To answer these questions, this article explores the strategic narratives of the European Union, Russia, and India in two of these specialized forums: one related to responsible state behavior in cyberspace, the other to cyber-crime. Through the study of narrative fragments — a new approach to the study of strategic narratives in multilateral settings — it concludes that these actors largely include these two issues within their broader strategic narratives. This highlights the importance of cross-issue analysis in the study of multilateral arrangements, particularly in the context of emerging regime complexes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalContemporary Security Policy
Early online date29 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Cyber-diplomacy
  • cyber-crime
  • cybersecurity
  • multilateral governance
  • regime-complex
  • strategic narratives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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