Influence, War, and Ethics

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Beba Cibralic contends existing international law frameworks are inadequate for explaining why certain foreign information-based influence campaigns are impermissible or troublesome. Moreover, Cibralic posits the warfare paradigm is both limiting and potentially dangerous.

Cibralic proposes reframing the conversation about foreign information and influence campaigns to focus not on the nationality of the speaker or the source of the idea but rather on whether there is deception or mis/disinformation involved. It is factors like these that arguably render influence impermissible and corrosive to democracy.

By Beba Cibralic

Beba Cibralic is an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge.

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