Future Challenges: Cybersecurity Treaties: A Skeptical View

Monday, June 14, 2010

This essay sounds a skeptical note in the recent enthusiasm for treaties to regulate the problem of offensive cyber operations.  It argues that the fundamental clash of interests among nations concerning the regulation of electronic communications, the deep constraints the United States would have to adopt to receive reciprocal benefits in a cybersecurity treaty, and debilitating verification problems would combine to make it unfeasible to create a cybersecurity treaty that purports to constrain governments.