The Hacked World Order

Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow, China Studies; Director, Digital & Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations. In conversation with Caralynn Collens.

Technology is disrupting the global system of nation-states and creating a new, chaotic world order, according to Adam Segal. Cyberspace has provided governments with new tools to advance their interests and weaken their adversaries, through cyber-espionage, coercion, and warfare. But the internet is also diffusing global power in ways that embolden terrorists and criminals to challenge the authority of nation-states. In this lawless realm, with multiple entities seeking to exploit the vulnerabilities of the web, the potential for escalation and miscalculation poses a serious risk to modern web-based societies. Has the internet created a new era of global insecurity? How are the rules of statecraft and diplomacy being reshaped by technology, and who can lead the effort to redraft international law for the cyber age?

Adam Segal’s new book, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age will be available for purchase and signing from the Book Cellar after the program.

Speaker Bio


Waging War in Zeros and Ones
Gary Schmitt, Wall Street Journal, 02/25/2016

Most Likely, Most Destructive: Gen. Michael Hayden on the Biggest Cyberthreats
Video, Wall Street Journal, 02/02/2016

Why China Hacks the World
Adam Segal, Christian Science Monitor, 01/31/2016

Everything We Know About Ukraine’s Power Plant Hack
Kim Zetter, Wired, 01/20/2016

‘Trident is Old Technology’: The Brave New World of Cyber Warfare
Julian Borger, The Guardian, 01/16/2016


5:30 p.m.
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.
Presentation and discussion

7:15 p.m.
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