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‘Cyber conflicts’ is next topic for Great Decisions

02/21/2019
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Many of the topics in the Great Decisions series at Monmouth College focus on the latest developments in longstanding issues, such as the Middle East and the state of diplomacy.

But the next installment of the discussion series on Feb. 27 will address a new and continually developing threat, “Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics.”

Monmouth College communication studies professors Josh Hawthorne and Robert Hinck will introduce the topic at 7:30 p.m. in Room 276 of the College’s Center for Science and Business.

Cyber conflict can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Called “America’s largest discussion program on world affairs,” Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of foreign policy issues.