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27 November 2015

REMINDER: New Book on Cyber War & Russian Aggression against Ukraine Presented Next Tuesday

Sven Sakkov, Ken Geers, Liisa Past, Henry Rõigas, Margarita Jaitner (Photo: Siim Teder, Estonian Defense Forces)

Cyber War in Perspective: Russian Aggression against Ukraine will be presented in Tallinn at a round table with authors on Tuesday, December 1st.

The book, published by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, analyses the nature of modern military conflict – especially its cyber component – against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis (2013-2015).  It features 18 chapters by scholars and practitioners who identify the case’s strategic and tactical implications, draw conclusions on policy and law, and analyse the role of information warfare.

The authors address vital questions such as: What role have computer network operations played in the Ukraine war? To what extent is this similar to, or different from, other modern conflicts? Is cyber war now a reality - or is it still closer to science fiction? Do states today limit their use of computer hacking? Can cyber attacks give soldiers more than a tactical edge on the battlefield? What external factors are influencing the use of cyber operations? How does Russia currently use its cyber capabilities, and will that change in the future?

The book launch will be held on Tuesday, December 1st at the ‘Bordoo’ restaurant in the Three Sisters Hotel (Pikk 71/Tolli 2, Tallinn). Snacks and coffee are served from 9.30 and the 2-hour program begins at 10.

A round table discussion will be led by NATO CCD COE Director Sven Sakkov and feature the book’s editor Kenneth Geers (NATO CCD COE Ambassador and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council), as well as three of the book’s authors: Margarita Levin Jaitner (Swedish Defence University), Liisa Past (communication expert, NATO CCD COE adviser and spokesperson) and Henry Rõigas (NATO CCD COE policy researcher).

Media can register for the launch via events -at- ccdcoe.org (no later than 12.00 on November 30).
Please forward interview requests to henry.roigas -at- ccdcoe.org

An online version will be available for free from the Centre’s Cyber Defence Library.

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think-tank and training facility. The international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development, as well as consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security. The Centre’s mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing between NATO, Allies and partners in cyber defence.

Membership of the Centre is open to all Allies. The Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA have signed on as sponsoring nations. Austria and Finland have joined the Centre as contributing participants. The Centre is funded and staffed by these member nations.