1. FOUNDATIONS

At the same time, our daily experience is tightly connected to Internet access, the core of cyberspace. While we are aware of our increased dependence on the constructed domain for the most part we are far behind in understanding “details” of the interconnections – in social, political, economic or technical terms. To be fair, this is not easy to do under “normal” circumstances. But it is especially difficult under conditions of rapid change and increasing uncertainty and ambiguity. Undertaking and capturing the entanglements of the two domains that are shaping their joint system amount to a fundamental challenge of relevance to everyone and everywhere.

The challenge is to address the question mark in the Figure below. Undertaking and capturing the entanglements of the two domains amount to a fundamental challenge of relevance to everyone and everywhere). Given the increasing interconnections between these two seemingly distinct domains, we proceed from the assumption their intersection generates a joint arena of interaction that is contingent on, but distinct from, either cyberspace or international relations as traditionally understood.  We assume further that the joint system is embedded in, or bounded by, two overarching structures and processes. On the one hand are the system-supports, namely, the structures and functions of governance and institutions; on the other are system-threats that is modes of conflict, violence, and war that disrupt established structures and functions.

Framework for CSSD with Cyber-IR at its Core
Source: Choucri (2015)

The underlying proposition that the Cyber-IR core is continuously subject to these contending influences. On the one hand are system that can lead to conflict and war and reorganization of power relations. On the other hand, are system supports with stabilizing governance structures and processes. These are the contending pressures that bear on the security and sustainability of the cyber-IR system.

Finally, we also articulate a value proposition, namely, continued quest for security and sustainability of the joint domain, given the increasing salience of threats to cybersecurity. These assumptions anchor the knowledge representation of the joint system and its components