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Cyber Incidents and Disputes Dataset 1.0

Valeriano, Brandon, Benjamin Jensen, and Ryan Maness. 2017. Cyber Coercion: The Evolving Character of Cyber Power and Strategy (Oxford University Press, Under Contract)

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. Cyber Hype versus Cyber Reality: Cyber Conflict in the International System. (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Review: Journal of Information Technology and Politics (onlinefirst),

Maness, Ryan and Brandon Valeriano. Russia's Coercive Diplomacy: Energy, Cyber, and Maritime Policy as New Sources of Power  (Palgrave, 2015)

Valeriano, Brandon. Becoming Rivals: The Process of Interstate Rivalry Development (Routledge, 2013)

Daccache, Jenny and Brandon Valeriano. Hollywood’s Representations of the Sino-Tibetan Conflict: Politics, Culture, and Globalization (Palgrave, 2012)

Published Research

Early, Bryan R., Brandon Valeriano and Ryan C. Maness. 2016. “Countering Russian Aggression with Sanctions: Limited Options and Self-Defeating Strategies” ABC-CLIO: American Government Idea Exchange.

 Maness, Ryan C. and Brandon Valeriano. 2016. “Cyber Spillover Conflicts: Transitions from Cyber Conflict to Conventional Military Disputes.” In Friis and Ringsmose Eds. Conflict in Cyber Space. New York, Routledge.

Valeriano, Brandon and Phillip Habel. 2016. “Who Are the Enemies?: The Visual Framing of Enemies in Digital GamesInternational Studies Review Forthcoming


Okuku, Angela, Karen Renaud, and Brandon Valeriano. 2015. “Cybersecurity Strategy’s Role in Raising Kenyan Awareness of Mobile Internet Threats.” Information & Security: An International Journal. 32. DOI 10.11610/isij.3207


Lobasz, Jennifer and Brandon Valeriano. 2015. “Teaching (International) Politics with Science Fiction Literature and Films” in The Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations.  Edited by John Ishiyama, Will Miller, and Eszter Simon. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Pgs 399-410.

Ryan Maness and Brandon Valeriano. 2015 "The Impact of Cyber Conflict on International Interactions" Armed Forces & Society. 1-23 DOI: 10.1177/0095327X15572997

Lobasz, Jennifer and Brandon Valeriano 2014. “Teaching (International) Politics with Science Fiction Literature and Films” in The Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations.  Edited by John Ishiyama, Will Miller, and Eszter Simon

Valeriano, Brandon and Matt Powers. 2014 “Complex Rivalries in World PoliticsForeign Policy Analysis Forthcoming

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. 2014 “The Dynamics of Cyber Conflict between Rival Antagonists, 2001-2011”  Journal of Peace Research  51(3): 347-360

Valeriano, Brandon.  2013  “Latino Cultural Assimilation, Divided Loyalties, and the World CupSoccer and Society, 15(3): 291-313 

           Media follow ups: ESPN the Magazine article La Raza's Edge: The Best American Fans don't root for the American Team

           Washington Post/Monkey Cage: Why are There So Few Latinos on the U.S. Soccer Team?

Valeriano, Brandon.  2013.  “Teaching International Politics with FilmPolitical Science Journal of Education  9(1): 52-72

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness.  2012. “The Fog of Cyberwar: Why the Threat Does Not Live Up to the HypeForeign Affairs. (December)      Infographic Supplement

Sample, Susan, Brandon Valeriano, and Choong-Nam Kang. 2013 “The Societal Determinants and Impact of Military Spending Patterns” (Politics and Military Sociology – Annual Review) 41: 109-135

Valeriano, Brandon and John Van Benthuysen. 2012 “When States Die: Geographic and Territorial Pathways to State DeathThird World Quarterly  33(7): 1165-118

Maness, Ryan and Brandon Valeriano. 2012. “Russia and the Near Abroad: Applying a Risk Barometer for WarJournal of Slavic Military Studies, 25: 125-148

Valeriano, Brandon.  2011. “Power Politics and Interstate War in AfricaAfrican Security, 4(3): 195-221.

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. 2012.  “Persistent Enemies and Cybersecurity: The Future of Rivalry in an age of Information Warfare” in Derek Reveron’s, From Cybersecurity to Cyberwar, Georgetown University Press. Pgs. 139-158.

Valeriano, Brandon.  2012 “Becoming Rivals: The Process of Rivalry Development” in What Do We Know about War, 2nd Edition, edited by John Vasquez.  Routledge  Pages 63-82.
Valeriano, Brandon and John Vasquez.  2011. “Paths to War and Peace in a Post-American World.” In What Lies Ahead? Debating the Prospects for a Post American World edited by Hogue, Clark, and Stairs.  University of Toronto Press.   
Valeriano, Brandon and Matthew Powers.  2010. “United States – Mexico: Convergence of Interstate Relations Post-9/11” Policy Studies Journal

Valeriano, Brandon and Victor Marin.  2010.  “Causal Pathways to Interstate War: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of the Steps to War Theory” Josef Korbel Journal of Advanced International Studies, Summer (2): 1-26

 Valeriano, Brandon.  2010.  “The United States and Mexico: Prospects for Convergence on Critical Issues during the Obama Administration” Democracy & Society

Vasquez, John A. and Brandon Valeriano. 2010.  “Classification of Interstate War” Journal of Politics, 72(2): 292-309.

 Valeriano, Brandon and John A. Vasquez. 2010. "Identifying and Classifying Complex Interstate Wars" International Studies Quarterly, 54: 561-582.  Help and Data

 Valeriano, Brandon.  2009.  “The Tragedy of Offensive Realism: Testing Aggressive Power Politics Models.” International Interactions.  35(2): 179-206. 

Valeriano, Brandon.  2008.  “The Lack of Diverse Perspectives in the International Relations Field: The Politics of Being Alone”       International Studies Perspectives 9: 450-454

Vasquez, John A. and Brandon Valeriano.  2008.  “Territory as a Source of Conflict and a Road to Peace” in Sage Handbook on Conflict Resolution edited by Jacob Bercovitch, Victor Kremenyuk, and I. William Zartman, pgs. 193-209.  

Valeriano, Brandon.  2007.  “The International Politics of a New Latino America: The Foreign Policy Preferences of Latinos and the National Interest.” Journal of Latino and Latin American Studies  2(3): 23-45

Hancock, Donald M. and Brandon Valeriano  2006    “Western Europe and the Bush Doctrine" in “The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global Responses, Global Consequences” London: Routledge Press.

James Lee Ray and Valeriano, Brandon  2003    “Barriers to Replication in Systematic Empirical Research on World Politics”  International Studies Perspectives   4(1): 79-85.

My Dissertation
Steps to Rivalry, Vanderbilt University, August 2003 (Committee: Vasquez, Ray, Bahry, Tucker, Hensel)

Professional Opinion and Blog Work

Valeriano, Brandon and Allison Pytlak, “Closing up the Internet: The Rise of Cyber Repression?” Council of Foreign Relations - Net Politics, 1/13/2015,

Maness, Ryan and Brandon Valeriano “Diplomacy, not sanctions, are needed to tackle state espionage”  The Conversation, 9/14/2015


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness “The 10 Things You Need to Know About Cyber Conflict” Washington Post/Monkey Cage, 9/12/2015


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. “Avoiding Escalation in Cyberspace” Council of Foreign Relations – Net Politics, 8/4/2015


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. “Strong Medicine or Weak Placebo: The Debate Over Putin’s Foreign Policies.” Political Violence @ Glance. 7/23/2015.    


Valeriano, Brandon. “Yes, Ukraine is still in crisis, would becoming a buffer help?” Monkey Cage/Washington Post. 7/13/2015. 


Valeriano, Brandon. “Stop Worrying About Cyber Pearl Harbor and Start Collecting Data.” OUP Blog. 7/8/2015 


Valeriano, Brandon and Stephan Coulthart. “Espionage in the Digital Era: Lessons from the OPM Hack.” Council of Foreign Relations – Net

Politics, 7/7/2015


Early, Bryan, Brandon Valeriano, and Ryan C. Maness. “Sticking with Sanctions Means We are Stuck with the Status Quo in Ukraine.” Political Violence @ Glance, 6/29/2015


Valeriano, Brandon. “The Real Fog of Cyberwar: Operational Cyber Planning.” War on the Rocks, 6/17/2015


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. “Russia’s Strategy Has Weakened Russia” Brookings Institute, 6/11/2015

Reprinted in Business Insider, 6/11/2015

Valeriano, Brandon. “To avoid militarizing the internet, cyberspace needs written rules agreed by all.” The Conversation, 6/3/2015

Reprinted in Business Insider, 6/4/2015

Valeriano, Brandon. “Cyber Won’t Protect Us: The Need to Stand Behind the Iranian Nuclear Framework Agreement.” OUPblog (Oxford University Press), 5/5/2015.


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan C. Maness. 2015. “Coming Cyberpeace.” Foreign Affairs, Snapshot (5/15/2015).


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan C. Maness. 2015. “Paper Tiger Putin.” Foreign Affairs. Snapshot (4/31/2015).


Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. “Russia – perhaps more restrained and less powerful than you think.” Washington Post/Monkey Cage. 3/31/2015. 

Valeriano, Brandon. "Despite What the Cyber Skeptics Say, North Korea is Behind is Behind the Sony Hack" 12/23/2014. Slate.

Valeriano, Brandon. "Obama: Sony Made a Mistake." 12/21/2014. Herald Scotland. (Opinion Editorial on Sony Hack)

Valeriano, Brandon. "Five Questions (and Answers) About North Korea and the Sony Hack " Washington Post/Monkey Cage. 12/14/2014.

Habel, Phillip and Brandon Valeriano, "Who are our Virtual Enemies in the World of Gaming" The Scotsman 6.11.2014

Valeriano, Brandon and Antony Craig, “The Scottish Foreign Policy Context: Investigating Possible Divergent Preferences” Scottish Global Forum. 6/24/2014

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. “The Scottish Threat Environment: Insecurity, Fears, and Independence” Scotland Global Forum (December 2013)

Valeriano, Brandon. “Agenda: Dangers in Cyberspace  Heard Scotland, 7.27.2013,

Valeriano, Brandon. “The Cyber House Rules: Justice and Ethics in the Fifth Domain” The Conversation, 7/26/2013 

Maness, Ryan and Brandon Valeriano. “Cyber Events Data and Foreign Policy Reactions.” Duck of Minerva, 7/24/2013.

Travlos, Konstantinos and Brandon Valeriano. “The US-Iraq Conflict: A War of Rivalry” Duck of Minerva, 3/26/2013,

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. “Perceptions of the Cyber Threat” Duck of Minerva,1/30/2013,

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness.  2012. “The Fog of Cyberwar: Why the Threat Does not Live up to the HypeForeign Affairs. (11.21.2012) Snapspot

Valeriano, Brandon. “Cyberwar and Skyfall: Bond Enters the Digital Age” Duck of Minerva, 11.10.2012,

Valeriano, Brandon. “Swings and Roundabouts: How a Divided Nation Voted” Independent, 11.8.2012,

Valeriano, Brandon. “Foreign Policy Views and the Latino Public during the 2012 Election” Latino Decisions, 10.2.2012,

Valeriano, Brandon. “Cyber Hype: Flame, Stuxnet, and Boeing 787’s Falling from the Sky.” Atlantic Council: New Atlanticist, Policy and Analysis Blog, 8.7.2012

Valeriano, Brandon. “Mind the Cyber Gap.” Atlantic Council: New Atlanticist, Policy and Analysis Blog, 7.11.2012

Book Reviews and Other

2016  Valeriano, Brandon. 2016. Review of Gartzke and Lindsay’s Deception. H-Diplo-ISSF Review Series.

2014. Review of Douglas Gibler’s Territorial Peace. International Studies Review. 16(2): 336-337

2013. Review Essay of Thomas Rid’s Cyber War Will Not Take Place. H-Diplo-ISSF Review Series.  10/10/2013

2012. Review of Krista Wiegand’s Enduring Territorial Disputes. Perspectives on Politics. 10(4): 1135-1136

2007    Miles Kahler and Barbara Walter’s  Territoriality and Conflict in an Era of Globalization  Journal of Conflict Studies  27(1): 123-4

2007 Michael Colaresi’s Scare Tactics: The Politics of International Rivalry. Perspectives on Politics 5(3): 671-672

2007 Peter D. Feaver and Christopher Gelpi’s Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force Armed Forces and Society 33(4): 647-50

2005 Stephen Biddle’s Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle Armed Forces and Society 31(3): 463-5

2003 Dan Reiter and Allan Stam’s Democracies at War Armed Forces and Society 29(2): 301-2

2002 John Mearsheimer’s Tragedy of Great Power Politics Millennium 31(1): 168-170.

Research Under Review

Valeriano, Brandon.  “War and Migration” (Revise and Resubmit – Journal of International Relations and Development – Perpetual limbo)

Valeriano, Brandon, Susan Sample, and Choong-Nam Kang. “What Motivates the Arming Process? The Internal and External Mechanisms of Rapid Military Buildups” (Under Review)

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness “The Era of Cyberspeace?” (Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Strategic Studies)

Sample, Susan, Brandon Valeriano, and Choong-Nam Kang “Conceptualizing and Measuring Rapid Military Buildups in the International System” (Revisions)


Valeriano, Brandon and Choong-Nam Kang “Can an Interstate Rivalry be Positive?” (Revisions)


Antony Craig and Brandon Valeriano. “Perceptions versus Reality of Cyber Threats: Reactions to Fears in the Digital Realm” (Under Review Global Security and Intelligence Studies)


Matt Barr, Philip Habel, Brandon Valeriano. “Constructing the Enemy in Cooperative First Person Shooters” Games and Culture (Under Review)

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan C. Maness. “Caution in the Cyber Realm: The Inadequacy of Deterrence Frameworks” NATO CCODEC Paper

Craig, Antony and Brandon Valeriano. “Conceptualizing Cyber Arms Races.” CyberCon 2016

Jensen, Benjamin, Ryan C. Maness, and Brandon Valeriano. “Cyber Victory: The Efficacy of Cyber Power” (Under Review shortly)

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan C. Maness. “Cyber Shrinkage: Losses and Economic Perspectives of Threat in Cyber Security” Journal of Cybersecurity (Under Review shortly) 

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness. 2016. “International Political Theory and Cyber Security.” In the Handbook of International Political Theory.  Oxford University Press.

Unpublished Conference Papers

Valeriano, Brandon and Ryan Maness “Why Won’t it Die? Rivalry Persistence and the Case of the United States and Russia.

"Concerts of Action: Intergovernmental Organizations and the Dynamics of Interstate Rivalry" with Chris Leskiw (Dead R&R at JPR)

"Paths to Rivalry: Interstate Rivalry Formation and the Qualitative Comparative Method" (dead paper from Dissertation, QCA method)

“Escalation within Rivalries: Process Measurement” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September, 2006. 

"Latin American Responses to the Bush Doctrine" (w/ Victor Marin)

"The Size of War: Does It Matter Theoretically? You Bet It Does!" (w/ John Vasquez) Presented at the Annual American Political Science Association Meeting, Toronto, Canada, September 2009

“The Triggers of Deadly International Conflict: Territorial Disputes Early Warning System” presented at Network of European Peace Scientists Annual Conference, Amsterdam, June 29-31, 2009



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Favorite pieces

Cyber Shrinkage. 12.10.2013

Cyber Arms Proliferation and Arms Races. 12.6.2013

Academia, Drug Cartels, and Inappropriate Analogies.  11.27.2013

Duck and Cover When Cyber Doomsday Comes.  10.28.2013 

So You Want to Move to the United Kingdom.  10.24.2013

The Birth of a Sports Rivalry.  10.17.2013

The Problem with Grand Strategy: Preemptive Cyber War.  9.25.2013

Russia: Peacemaker. 9.13.2013