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Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
2-4 p.m. Tuesdays 914 Renaissance Park
Ryan Maness’ first research area lies with cyber conflict and the dynamics of this “fifth” domain of conflict, an ever-growing relevant topic in security studies. This research has been acknowledged by top scholars in the field and he has published on the topic in Foreign Affairs, has published a book, Cyber War versus Cyber Realities: Cyber Conflict in the International System with Oxford University Press, and two data articles have been published with Journal of Peace Research and Armed Forces and Society. He has another contract with Oxford for a second book about cyber coercion. He has also submitted a journal article about the need for norm cascades in the international cyber realm, a normative implications article, an article critical of the cyber deterrence concept, an article about cyber crime frameworks, and an article uncovering the empirical realities of cyber coercion. He has written a book chapter about applying IR theory to the cyber realm which will be in the newest edition of The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory. Other published book chapters are featured in books published by Routledge and Georgetown University Press.
He has also developed the first and to this point only empirical dataset on cyber incidents and disputes. This dataset is to be maintained and updated and is a very large part of his future research plans. He has updated the data to its second version, and he is now in the process of writing grants to expand this dataset to be more comprehensive and encompassing. This dataset, if fully funded, will record all international cyber incidents and disputes at the state and non-state level from the years 2000-present.
His second field of research lies in international relations with a concentration in Russian foreign policy. This research grows more important with the current events in Ukraine, Syria, and the cyber domain, where Russia is attempting to expand its influence in post-Soviet space as well as the global stage. He has written a book, Russia’s Coercive Diplomacy: Energy, Cyber and Maritime Policy as New Forms of Power, with Palgrave Macmillan. He has also published one peer-reviewed article that predicts the probability of conflict in post-Soviet space with Journal of Slavic Military Studies. He has published a book chapter exploring the West’s economic sanctions it has placed on Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine conflict. He has also published on topics of Russian coercion with such outlets as Foreign Affairs, Brookings, Council on Foreign Relations, and The Washington Post. His dissertation research studies Russian coercive energy policy in post-Soviet space.
His individual research program (no-coauthors) is now turning to how Russia uses the cyber realm for geopolitical advantage. This includes Russia’s cyber capabilities and espionage motivation, its use of the internet for information warfare, and why Russia and post-Soviet space remain centers for international cyber crime. He has several research programs in their infancy at the moment that will be presented at conferences in the Spring of 2017. The first is studying Russia’s current information war with the countries of the West. Russia’s brazen use of the cyber realm, an example being the DNC hack is becoming a more salient topic in international relations that deserves more studies.
Both research programs are utilizing Big Data and various quantitative methods, especially events data analyses via time series and panel regression techniques. Events data measure the level of conflict and cooperation between states, and he believes that this quantitative method is important to uncovering conflict processes between states and other actors in the international arena. With the assistance of machine coding, events data as well as other forms of Big Data are becoming more reliable.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Book Chapters and other Journal Articles