Alexander Klimburg 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Alexander Klimburg

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Cyber Security, International Norms, Internet Governance, NATO and its Partners, US Defense Policy





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Alexander Klimburg is a nonresident senior fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Klimburg is also a senior research fellow at the Hague Centre for Security Studies, an affiliate and former Fellow of the Belfer Center of Harvard Kennedy School, and an associate fellow at the Austrian Institute of European and Security Policy.

Klimburg has worked on numerous topics within the wider field of international cybersecurity since 2007.  He has acted as an adviser to a number of governments and international organizations on national cybersecurity strategies, international norms of behavior in cyberspace and cyber-conflict (including war, cyber-crime, and cyber-espionage), critical infrastructure protection, and internet governance. He has participated in international and intergovernmental discussions within the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, has been a member of various national, international, NATO, and EU policy and working groups. He has been invited to give over seventy talks since 2010, including at NATO, the US Congress, and the European Parliament.  He regularly participates and organizes track 1/1.5 diplomatic initiatives as well as technical research groups. He is author and editor of over a dozen books, research papers, and commentaries, and has often featured in the international media, including in Newsweek, Reuters, and others.

Previously, Klimburg worked for eight years in Vienna as senior adviser at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs, and has been closely involved in a number of European cybersecurity policy initiatives.  Prior to this Klimburg worked on ICT strategy issues in corporate finance and strategy consulting in Europe and Asia. A graduate (1st class degree) of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics, he is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Klimburg’s current research focuses on reconciling norms of state behavior in international cyber security with the ongoing dialogue within internet governance, in particular with the role of nonstate actors. Within this context he is currently writing a book on the various conflicting aspects of international cybersecurity, to be published by Penguin Press in early 2016.