Research Paper: International Relations and Cyberspace

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[. . .] These are both valid points, and well worth discussing. For those who believe the world is better because of cyberspace, the value of information is often cited (Slater, 2002; Roskin & Berry, 2009). In other words, people can learn only so much about the world around them from books and television programs. When they are able to talk to a person from another country and culture in real time, and are even able to see that person face-to-face through computer technology, there is much more that can be learned and understood (Slater, 2002). This can be valuable in classrooms and other educational settings, but it can also be highly important in the business world, where people are now able to work with others across the world.

Doing business in cyberspace has changed the face of international relations (Baylis, Smith, & Owens, 2011; Roskin & Berry, 2009). It has pulled down barriers that have long existed, and erased stereotypes from the minds of some people who have come to work with others they might not have trusted or understood in the past. This is very important to the world, and has provided companies and individuals with the opportunity for goods and services they would never have been able to access in the past (Roskin & Berry, 2009). Because of this, the entire world and how people relate to one another has changed. That does not mean cyberspace has made everything perfect, but it has certainly opened the door to understanding, information, and relationships that would not have been possible in the past. That has provided value to the world on an international level, and has been well worth some of the "growing pains" that cyberspace and internet technology have experienced as they have developed further in recent years.

Conversely, those who are concerned about a lack of privacy and other issues also have a valid point about cyberspace and how it has affected international relations. There are many stereotypes and prejudices that have occurred, such as the "Nigerian scammer" stereotype that has been perpetuated through email (Granville, 2003). While there are certainly some scammers in that country, there are many honest and hardworking people, as well. Assumptions and prejudicial beliefs have increased in some ways because of cyberspace, since people can now instantly access information about other countries and talk to people who come from those countries. Not everyone who is online is who he or she claims to be, and that has opened the door to dishonesty across international lines (Slater, 2002; Granville, 2003). The scope of scams has grown, and the ability to swindle and defraud people now spans the entire world instead of simply those with which a person is able to have close contact. This is well worth consideration, since it affects everyone who accesses the internet at any time.

Privacy has become an issue for cyberspace, as well (Granville, 2003). Even people who are not on the internet and do not have any interest in it can be found online through tax records, drivers' license information, and other methods. People in the local area can do this, and people in other countries can do this. That can created a serious spike in identity theft, and even led to blackmail related issues for those who are believed to have money or those who may not be internet savvy and will not understand the difference between a legitimate email or other type of request and something that is dishonest and fishing for information (Granville, 2003). Since cyberspace is changing so fast, it is difficult for those who are working with others on an international level to always know what is coming next. That can lead to power struggles, misunderstandings, and similar issues, as well as disagreements that can harm the relationships people and countries have with one another.


Baylis, J., Smith, S., & Owens, P. (2011). The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. NY: Oxford University Press.

Granville, J. (2003). Dot.con: The dangers of cyber crime and a call for proactive solutions. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 49(1): 102-109.

Roskin, M.G., & Berry, N.O. (2009). IR: The New World of International Relations (8th ed.). NY: Pearson.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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