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Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2023 Caroline F Kim
As the world progresses towards a new digital age of widespread internet connectivity and information technology, a new wave of geopolitics has emerged. No longer bound by traditional forms of diplomacy with “government to government negotiations,” modern International Relations has seen a breakthrough from digitalization. Cyberspace has fostered informal dialogue, instant networking, and political transparency in international affairs; However, it has also brought along a string of challenges from weaponization for the purpose of misinformation, censorship, and exploitation in times of conflict.
I explore in this paper the use of cyberspace for information warfare in international conflict. Particularly, I analyze its role in evolving orthodox warfare by deterritorializing diplomacy, increasing the number of actors, and serving as borderless breeding ground for psychological tactics. This paper uses a two-part methodology which first delves into the uses of information technology and then examines the efficacy of digital instruments. It follows two modern case studies, the Russia-Ukraine and China-Taiwan Conflict, to analyze the impact of cyberspace in hybrid warfare. The paper questions: how is information technology used to gain a powerful advantage and attend to political and military objectives, and what is the complementarity between information warfare and kinetic instruments?
Kim, Caroline, "The Evolving Landscape of Modern Conflict: Information Warfare in the Age of the Digital Domain" (2024). CMC Senior Theses. 3423.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.