The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Ambassador Dr. Klaus Scharioth presented his credentials as German Ambassador to the United States on March 13, 2006. Prior, from 2002 until 2006, Mr. Scharioth served as State Secretary, the highest civil service post in the German Foreign Office. During the time of Germany's reunification, he was posted to the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations in New York (from 1986 to 1990) and from 1990 to 1993, Mr. Scharioth worked in the International Law Division of the German Foreign Office.
Dr. Elisabeth von Thadden is a literary editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT. After the Berlin Wall was fallen, she worked for the East German weekly Wochenpost. She is a member of the board of the German Protestant Kirchentag. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for European Studies.