CYDIPLO will explore the emerging field of cyberdiplomacy, in the EU and with key strategic partners. Drawing on perspectives from computer science, political science, law, and behavioural science, it explores a variety of questions, including, how is cyberdiplomacy implemented at the state, non-state, regional and global levels across key issue areas? What are the major challenges and the core diplomatic instruments applied to tackle them? Does cyberdiplomacy require new tools and mechanisms?  CYDIPLO has four key objectives:

– create a consortium of European and Asia Pacific universities to further research and teach cyberdiplomacy and internationalise existing cyber security teaching and research programmes at these universities (the consortium includes Universite libre de Bruxelles, University of Warwick, University of Leiden, University of Bologna, Tallinn University of technology, International Christian University and University of Waikato)

– foster innovative research on cyberdiplomacy and build expertise among young researchers and teachers on cyber security within the EU, Europe and with strategic partners

– professionalise cyberdiplomacy by (a) developing and embedding graduate and professional training programmes within the EU, and (b) creating teaching and learning materials and modules for emerging cyber diplomats

– combine academic and practitioner perspectives on cyberdiplomacy through stakeholder events in global cyberdiplomacy hubs. The project will lead to the production of a comprehensive handbook on cyber diplomacy, a Journal Special issue on cyberdiplomacy, the establishment of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on cyberdiplomacy, a series of cyberdiplomacy issue briefs, the establishment of an online research and teaching repository in cyberdiplomacy, and the establishment of teaching exchanges between the seven partner institutions. Ultimately, CYDIPLO will create a sustainable network of both EU and non-EU partners.