Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 4 – Issue 15) / studies

Fifth Domain – Cyberspace: Development and Hegemony Policies

July 2019

Iraqi researcher, PhD in International Relations, Cairo University, specializing in Asian studies

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The study starts from the fact that the four known domains of the traditional armed confrontations between countries (land, sea, air, and space) are no longer alone on the international scene, with the emergence of a fifth domain of confrontation, namely, the cyberspace, where cyber ​​war is expected to be the dominant feature, if not the main feature of future wars in the twenty-first century.

The danger of Internet and network wars lies in the fact that the world is becoming more and more dependent on Cyberspace, especially in the military, banking and governmental information infrastructures as well as public and private institutions and companies.

The interest of world countries, especially the developed ones, in the fifth domain, the cyberspace, especially in establishing armies capable of defending vital State institutions, makes the fifth domain occupy a large part of the countries’ policies and in their future strategies.

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