Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies

First Advisor's Name

Harry Gould

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Mohiaddin Mesbahi

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Thomas Breslin

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair


social and behavioral sciences, international and area studies

Date of Defense



One of the most serious threats or challenges to national and international security that we are facing today is cyber security. Currently, there are no bodies of international law that can be applied in order to hold states accountable for launching cyber-attacks against other states, and thus it is imperative that several obstacles be removed in order for the law to be applicable before we find ourselves in an all-out “World War C” (Segal, 2016). Critical infrastructure systems are at great risk from attacks that could lead to catastrophic events such as total power blackouts, the opening of dams, and serious economic turmoil. There is no doubt that we are on the brink of a very serious threat to international security, and the current inapplicability of international humanitarian law to this new realm of warfare is sincerely alarming.





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