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  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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U.S.–Russian CBMs in the Use of ICTS: A Breakthrough with an Unclear Future

Oleg Demidov

Since 1998, Russia and the USA have been conducting a dialogue on the issues of cybersecurity, both in multilateral frameworks and bilaterally. Throughout this time, there was more of a rivalry of two fundamentally different approaches with global projections than of a mutually beneficial cooperation. Quite surprisingly, in June 2013 Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin signed a set of bilateral agreement on confidence building measures in the field of the use of ICTs. The agreements enforced adaption of the Russian and the U.S. Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers to the exchange of information on cyber incidents, gave green light to collaboration of the two countries’ Cyber Emergency Response Teams, etc. What is the future of these agreements now, in the midst of the deteriorating crisis on the U.S.- Russian relations? Addressing this question, the article also highlights ways of potential application of the bilateral experience in CBMs for cyberspace to multilateral frameworks.

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Security Index: A Russian Journal on International Security, Volume 20, Issue 3-4, 2014