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Dr. Mary Manjikian

MARY MANJIKIAN is Associate Dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. She previously served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in the Netherlands, Russia, and Bulgaria, and as a Fulbright Scholar at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study. Dr. Manjikian’s publications include Apocalypse and Post-Politics: The Romance of the End (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, 2012); Threat Talk: Comparative Politics of Internet Addiction in China and the US (New York: Ashgate, Taylor & Francis, 2012); and Securitization of Property Squatting in Western Europe (New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2013). She is also the author of the textbook Cybersecurity Ethics: An Introduction (New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2017). Her articles have also appeared in such journals as the International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Intelligence and National Security, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Dr. Manjikian holds an M.Phil. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Mary Manjikian

  • A Typology of Arguments about Drone Ethics

    October 10, 2017

    Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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    Many different actors oppose the use of unmanned autonomous weapons (UAV’s) from adversary states, to international governmental organizations to policymakers and academics. However, the basis for their opposition varies, as do the assumptions behind their arguments. This Letort Paper lays out distinctions between arguments about technology, arguments about policy, and arguments about strategy.

  • Deterring Cybertrespass and Securing Cyberspace: Lessons from United States Border Control Strategies

    December 02, 2016

    Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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    Military thinkers commonly draw upon nuclear strategy when thinking about deterrence, however, sociologists, criminologists, and psychologists also consider how to deter individuals and groups from engaging in dangerous or deviant behaviors. In considering the problems of hacking and cybertrespass, we can thus draw upon strategies that criminologists and immigration experts use to deter undocumented immigrants from attempting to cross physical borders. Many lessons on deterring physical trespass can be adapted to deterring cybertrespass as well.

  • Confidence Building in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Territorial and Weapons-Based Regimes

    April 01, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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    Confidence-building measures among nations can establish trust, prevent misunderstandings, and establish stable conditions in the international system. In considering how to establish confidence-building measures in cyberspace, analysts can learn from past examples—including the establishment of weapons-based confidence-building measures in the areas of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, as well as in the Indo-Pakistan Conflict.

  • Do Fewer Resources Mean Less Influence? A Comparative Historical Case Study of Military Influence in a Time of Austerity

    January 30, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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    The issue of how military resources should be reallocated after a military drawdown is not new. This monograph considers how this question was addressed in post-World War I Britain, and in the United States in the Post-Vietnam and Cold War environment, as well as making comparisons with the present environment.