Towards a Cybersecurity Zone in North America: Exploring the Creation of a Regional Cybersecurity Complex Under the USMCA
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Autonomous National University of Mexico
Publication date: 2020-03-31
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2020;56(1):92-113
Cybersecurity has been an important developing subject for International Relations as a result of the ever-evolving world, much influenced by technological innovation. Since the end of the Cold War, security analysis has been regionalised and has examined cooperation among neighbours in order to address common problems. However, classic approaches to security within the discipline are deemed insufficient in the wake of new vulnerabilities from cyberspace. In order to put cybersecurity on the agenda for the region comprised by Mexico, the United States, and Canada – and in order to understand the possibilities of a cybersecurity zone in North America – this article uses the Regional Security Complex Theory to make a proposal for a North American Cybersecurity Complex. Based on the opportunities offered by the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), the means for such a complex are explained.
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