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The UN Role in the Development of International Cybersecurity Regime

Student: Alexey Aksenov

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2018

The problem of cybersecurity is getting more serious, as numerous cyber attacks lead to destabilization of economic and political life in the states. The situation is complicated by the fact that there are no international norms which regulate cyberspace around the globe and are suitable for all governments. This paper examines the significance of the UN activities and its mechanisms in the formation of an international cyber security regime to deal with the cybersecurity issue. The research analyzes the activities of the UN sub-institutions in 2 areas: "cyber crime" and "cyber warfare". Particular attention is paid to the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE), which is considered to be the leading mechanism and capable of developing international norms for cyberspace. However, due to of the "failure" of the GGE in 2017, which is attributed to the UN’s ineffective work, states are looking for alternatives to both the GGE and the United Nations as a whole. In this regard, the research provide the examples of such alternatives as continuation of discussions at the UN level, regional and bilateral platforms.

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