International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy

National Institute for R&D in Informatics – ICI Bucharest

The International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy (IJCD) hosts an eclectic group of contributors, from cyber experts to diplomats, military and law enforcement representatives and contributes to the knowledge community that ICI has been building through its events, its partnerships and its publications.

Though our launch schedule for a host of publications, international events and high-level European courses has been marred by the Coronavirus crisis, our vision for the future remains unchanged – we want the Journal to become a valued meeting point of discussions for a network of trust emerging organically from an ambitious program of research, training, publication and events.

Despite a growing corpus of writings on cyber-related issues in the study of international relations, a consolidated body of knowledge has yet to be set up. A cyber-inclusive view of international relations has become an imperative rather than a convenience. Cyber diplomacy is not just the purview of diplomats, but also of experts in various fields whose activity and security are increasingly reliant on transborder cooperation through decision making, standard setting, information sharing and institutional buildup. Diplomats need to be joined by critical infrastructure experts, cyber experts, public servants, military and law enforcement personnel and a host of other professional categories impacted by cyber issues.

Our line-up reflects the inherent diversity of the concept. Cyber acts not only as a medium for communication, coordination and integration of systems, but also as a binding agent for disparate systems in different sectors, diverse geographic areas and, just as important, different jurisdictions. Talk about cyber and, depending on your conversation partner, one may be talking about energy, or finance, about defense and security, or about privacy and consumer protection. There is no nation that will not increase its degree of digitization of commerce, public administration, education or warfare, and no nation will ever be secure and resilient without approaching the cyber issue with the utmost capabilities. Any who shirks this duty open themselves up not only to random accidents and cascading disruptions, but also to deliberate threats with cyber as a means for coercion and subversion.

Ultimately, in a multipolar world that is growingly interconnected, cyber diplomacy may become not just a tool for supporting political decision-making, but also a useful instrument for a "modus operandi" of the international community that witnesses a rapid pace of technological development and all the pre-requisites to become central to the fabric of world politics, with a unique influence on the geopolitical landscape.

The International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy is published annually.

IJCD is an open access journal and publishes exclusively articles on key topics pertaining to cyber diplomacy. As one of the most important aims of this journal is to increase the impact of knowledge as well as to maximize the visibility of the scientific results, IJCD does not charge authors any publication fee for online publishing of their materials in the journal, neither does it charge readers for accessing the published materials.

The users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author, in accordance with the definition of open access of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), February 14, 2002.

IJCD reserves the right to select only the best submitted papers to be published. All submitted papers would be reviewed by at least two reviewers and one member of the editorial board. Please refer to Author's Guidelines for details of reviewing process. Also, to submit your papers please refer to Submit a Manuscript.

According to the legislation in force in Romania, the Legal Deposit is sent to the National Library of Romania and to the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest every time the journal is published.