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Call for Paper
Securing South Asia: Addressing Hybrid Cyber Threats

Call for Paper

Background

The increasing prevalence of hybrid cyber threats poses a significant challenge to the security landscape of South Asia. With the region experiencing heightened geopolitical tensions and rapid technological advancements, it is imperative to address these threats effectively. The surge in threats to supply chains, critical infrastructure, and cyber espionage necessitates an evaluation of South Asia's cybersecurity scenario. This study aims to assess the resilience and vulnerabilities of South Asia's critical infrastructures amidst contemporary cyber hazards.

This policy paper proposes a comprehensive analysis of cyber threats in South Asia, focusing on their evolving nature, potential impact on regional stability, and the existing vulnerabilities within the cyber infrastructure of South Asian countries.

Project Scope

The paper aims to examine the nature of cyber security threats to South Asia and explore strategies for enhancing cyber resilience, including improving cybersecurity measures, enhancing cross-border cooperation, and fostering public-private partnerships. The paper is expected to suggest actionable liberal recommendations tailored to the unique challenges of the region. Such recommendations aim to assist policymakers in formulating effective strategies to mitigate the risks posed by hybrid cyber threats and safeguard the security and stability of South Asia.

Requirements

  • Relevant work/educational experience of at least 5 years in the field of computer science, cyber security, political sciences, or other related fields
  • Knowledge of the non-traditional threats, especially hybrid cyber threats to South Asia
  • Experience in primary and secondary research projects independently
  • Demonstrated proficiency in high-quality succinct error-free writing in English
  • Ability to articulate research content to varying audiences in English
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely and adapt messages to different interlocutors, including government partners, policy influencers, team members, researchers, partner organizations, and donors.

Prescribed style

  • The targeted length of the paper is 4000 words excluding references. Submissions should adhere to academic standards, incorporating relevant citations, empirical evidence, and analytical rigor.
  • FNF will provide the authors with a template for the policy paper to follow
  • FNF follows in-text citation and Harvard Referencing Style
  • Use footnotes whenever relevant. Do not hyperlink
  • The first draft of the paper is to be submitted by August 30th, and the final paper by September 30th after feedback from FNF and editors.

How to apply

Scholars, academicians, and practitioners are encouraged to submit their proposed Table of Contents, their CVs, and expected remuneration to Bipin.Ghimire@freiheit.org by 27th May 2024.

Only shortlisted authors will be contacted.