Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


How Probable is Cyber War? Bringing IR Theory Back In to the Cyber Conflict Debate

Journal Article

Timothy Junio - Cybersecurity Fellow

Published by
Journal of Strategic Studies, February 2013

Many well-established explanations for war suggest that cyber weapons have a greater chance of being used offensively than other kinds of military technologies. This response article introduces a research agenda for the study of cyber war, and offers an example – principal-agent problems in cyber operations – to demonstrate how rigorous theoretical and empirical work may proceed.

Parent Research

Topics: Conflict | Military