Financial Times

“makes a convincing case”
The Sunday Times

“outraged scepticism rather than outright phobia – and it’s all the better for it”
Prospect Magazine




In his new book Cyberphobia Edward Lucas reveals the ways in which cyberspace is not the secure zone we may hope, how passwords provide no significant obstacle to anyone intent on getting past them, and how anonymity is easily accessible to anyone – malign or benign – willing to take a little time covering their tracks.

The internet was designed by a small group of computer scientists looking for a way to share information quickly. In the last twenty years it has expanded rapidly to become a global information superhighway, available to all comers, but also wide open to those seeking invisibility. This potential for anonymity means neither privacy nor secrecy are really possible for law-abiding corporations or citizens. Businesses, governments and national security organisations are constantly at risk and with our ever increasing dependence on the internet and smart-phone technology this threat is unlikely to diminish.

Not only does Cyberphobia lay bare the dangers of the internet, it also explores the most successful defensive cyber-strategies, options for tracking down transgressors and argues that we are moving into a post-digital age where once again face-to-face communication will be the only interaction that really matters.

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“Some dismissed this book as scaremongering. They should re-read it now.”
Radosław Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland

“It is little comfort for those of us in NATO’s frontline states that this book’s message has been vindicated.”
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia



The first edition of The New Cold War was published to great critical acclaim. Edward Lucas has established himself as a top expert in the field, appearing on numerous programs, including Lou Dobbs, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and NPR.

In this revised and updated third edition, Lucas includes a new preface on the Crimean crisis, including analysis of the dismemberment of Ukraine, and a look at the devastating effects it may have from bloodshed to economic losses. Lucas reveals the asymmetrical relationship between Russia and the West, a result of the fact that Russia is prepared to use armed force whenever necessary, while the West is not. Hard-hitting and powerful, The New Cold War is a sobering look at Russia’s current aggression and what it means for the world.

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“‘The New Cold War’ is a work of piercing clarity and extraordinary prescience. Edward Lucas grasped the nature of Vladimir Putin from the start, refusing to avert his eyes from the threats to internal peace, prosperity and security faced by the the nations on Russia’s borders.”
Rachel Polonsky, author of “Molotov’s Magic Lantern”

“More than timely – if our politicians had read it and acted when it first came out the West wouldn’t have been caught with its pants down when Russia invaded Ukraine.” 
Adam Zamoyski, author and historian

“A remarkably prescient and insightful book about the true nature of Putin’s regime and the threat it poses to Europe, and a gripping read to boot.”
Philippe Legrain, former adviser to the President of the European Commission

“Vladimir Putin’s turn to the past has vindicated Edward Lucas’s arguments about the nature of the Russian regime. He understood it better and much earlier than the majority of us. Shrewd analysis, brilliantly written — and a sad story.”
Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow


Edward Lucas is an expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security issues. He covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire, Boris Yeltsin’s downfall and Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, he is also a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

From 1992 to 1994, Lucas was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. He is married to Cristina Odone with three children. “The New Cold War” (2008) was his first book. “Deception”, about east-west espionage, was published in 2011. “The Snowden Operation” was published as an e-book in 2014. His latest book is “Cyberphobia”.