Elaine Korzak


Elaine Korzak is the Edward Teller National Fellow for 2015-16. She received her PhD in War Studies from King´s College London after earning an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Peace and Security from King´s College London. Her research focuses on international legal and policy questions of cyber security. Her PhD thesis examined the applicability and adequacy of international law in governing the conduct of states in cyberspace. As part of this work she conducted research on the cyber security debate in the United Nations with a specific focus on the positions of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China. She continues to present and write about the international norms debate in the United Nations and various regional forums. At Hoover Elaine will work on the potential of national and international export control regimes in curbing the spread of cyber weapons, in particular the recent changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement and their implementation.

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Analysis and Commentary

Proposal For A Cyber-International Committee Of The Red Cross

by Elaine Korzak, Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This article proposes the creation of an international organization modeled after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide assistance and relief to vulnerable citizens and enterprises affected by serious cyberattacks. Companies that have signed onto the Tech Accord principles would form the core of the organization, thereby filling an important gap in an increasingly volatile geopolitical environment. In this article, the term “cyber-ICRC” is intended to be suggestive of the role that such an organization might play but not to imply any kind of formal connection to the ICRC. 

Analysis and Commentary

Update: Cybersecurity At The UN

by Elaine Korzakvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Over the holidays the UN General Assembly formally adopted this year’s resolution on information security. The text, which mandates the creation of a new Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) for 2016-2017, had already been approved in the First Committee, the General Assembly’s specialized committee dealing with international security and disarmament.

Analysis and Commentary

Cybersecurity At The UN: Another Year, Another GGE

by Elaine Korzakvia Lawfare
Thursday, December 10, 2015

This week, the UN General Assembly considered a resolution mandating the creation of a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) for 2016-2017. The GGE will study existing and potential threats in the sphere of information security, as well as possible cooperative measures to address them.

Analysis and Commentary

International Law And The UN GGE Report On Information Security

by Elaine Korzakvia Just Security
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The international community recently took an important step toward establishing global norms of behavior in cyberspace with the publication of the UN’s outcome report from its 2014/2015 Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Information Security.

Analysis and Commentary

The 2015 GGE Report: What Next for Norms In Cyberspace?

by Elaine Korzakvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In late August the UN Secretariat published a consensus report adopted by the fourth Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security (GGE).

Analysis and Commentary

The Next Level for Russia-China Cyberspace Cooperation?

by Elaine Korzakvia Council on Foreign Relations
Thursday, August 20, 2015

On May 8, 2015, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of international information security.

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Analysis and Commentary

Spotlight On Cyber V: Back To The Future Of Internet Governance?

by Scott J. Shackelford , Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Oti, Jaclyn A. Kerr, Elaine Korzak, Andreas Kuehnvia Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In that seminal 1980s Hollywood picture, Back to the Future: Part II, the characters travel to the future from 1985 to a then distant 2015 replete with flying cars, hover boards, and instant pizza.