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Deterrence in the 21st Century: Statecraft in the Information Age

Edited by Eric Ouellet, Madeleine D’Agata, and Keith Stewart

$98.99 HC / $58.99 PB (S)

392 pages, 1 illustration

6 x 9 inches

978-1-77385-480-9 (Hardback)

978-1-77385-403-8 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-405-2 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-77385-406-9 (ePub)

January 2024

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About the Book

Leading experts in defence and security studies advancing our understanding of how to deter disinformation by pre-empting our adversaries, a most pressing and difficult security challenge of the 21st Century.

The information age has opened a new front of adversarial statecraft. The past decades have seen the rise and refinement of conflict enacted in the world of information, with tactics including seeding disinformation, the theft of sensitive data, confusing or obscuring public opinion to forward specific goals, and beyond. Deterrence in the 21st Century asks how, and if it is indeed possible, to deter an enemy in the realm of information warfare.

Setting the stage with an overview of key concepts of deterrence in the information age, the book presents new conceptual approaches and their possible applications. Bringing together some of the most respected analysts working today, Deterrence in the 21st Century looks beyond the technical aspects of the use of information and disinformation as adversarial statecraft to seek new avenues to deter the undermining of institutions and societies.

Treating deterrence as a concept, a policy, a social challenge, and a series of practical solutions, Deterrence in the 21st Century presents theoretical approaches, conceptual analysis, empirical research, and content analysis. This is a thorough, thoughtful, and expert analysis of one of the most difficult and essential security challenges of our time.

With contributions by: Christopher Ankersen, Yair Ansbacher, Oshri Bar-Gill, Stephen J. Cimbala, Maddie D’Agata, Molly Ellenberg, Leandre R. Fabrigar, Rachel Lea Heide, Nicole J. Jackson, Pierre Jolicoeur, Christian Leuprecht, Adam Lowther, Sarah Jane Meharg, Eric Ouellet, Ronald D. Porter, Anthony Seaboyer, Ron Schleifer, Miniqian Shen, Anne Speckhard, Keith Stewart, Joseph Szeman, and Alex Wilner

About the Editors

Eric Ouellet is a full professor at the Royal Military College of Canada in Defence Studies, teaching to mid and senior level officers at the Canadian Forces College. He is founder and director of the Centre for Institutional Analysis of Armed Forces, and has been involved in numerous international collaborative research projects on military matters.

Madeleine D’Agata received her PhD in psychology in 2017. From 2017 to 2022, she was a Defence Scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada. Dr. D’Agata has published over 60 reports. In 2022 she deployed to Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture and is a Senior Policy Advisor.

Keith Stewart works at Defence Research and Development Canada’s Toronto Research Centre. In a 30-year career, which has included periods in private industry and government service, he has focused on human-centric research issues, including influence operations, human elements of military command, and human error in high hazard environments.