This article was written by IWP doctoral candidate Saba Sattar for The EurAsian Times.
The world is in the midst of a significant digital transformation. As international power dynamics shift, disruptive cyber challenges define our future of warfare. Within this quandary is the much-hyped Indo-Pacific region with the fastest-growing information technology (IT) industries, particularly from India and the United States.
As emerging technologies become incorporated into our everyday lives and now in military applications, international legal standards and norms fail to keep up with the proliferation and consequences of network-ready platforms.
China’s rapid economic and military rise defines strategic competition in this space, ranging from its maritime militias around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (SCS) to political propaganda campaigns against states that host the Dalai Lama.
But one incident stood out in 2020: the Sino-Indian Himalayan border skirmish in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Why?