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Unfortunately, countries lack a shared framework for interpreting how counterspace and cyber attacks fit into an escalation ladder.
It is part of the escalation ladder of tit-for-tat that is now beginning to emerge", Karasik said in Dubai.
Among his topics are the rungs of the escalation ladder, traditional and intense crises, the nuclear threshold, military and civilian central wars, defects of the escalation-ladder metaphor, and de-escalation and its aftermath.