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Cyber Diplomacy: State Has Not Involved Relevant Federal Agencies in the Development of Its Plan to Establish the Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies Bureau


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The United States and its allies are facing expanding foreign cyber threats, as international trade, communication, and critical infrastructure become increasingly dependent oncyberspace.1 The United States also faces challenges to build consensus within international organizations on setting standards for how to govern the internet and cultivating norms for acceptable nation state behavior in cyberspace. The Department of State (State) leads U.S. government international efforts to advance the full range of U.S. interests in cyberspace, including by coordinating with other federal agencies, such as the Departments of Commerce(Commerce), Defense (DOD), Energy (DOE), Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and the Treasury (Treasury), to improve the cybersecurity of the nation. Specifically, in 2016, the Department of State International Cyberspace Policy Strategy2 affirmed the elevation of cyberspace policy as a foreign policy imperative and the prioritization of States efforts to mainstream cyberspace policy issues in its diplomatic activities. In 2018, pursuant to Executive Order 13800,3 State led the development of an international engagement strategy incoordination with other federal agencies to strengthen the U.S. government cooperation with other countries and international organizations to address shared threats in cyberspace.4



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