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.”
In the post-9/11 age of globalization and immigration, we’ve spent $1 trillion to defend the homeland, but has it made us any safer? The Homeland Security Project will host a conversation with DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer Alan Bersin, assessing the Department’s performance preparing for and responding to the challenges of a globalized world.
Assistant Secretary Bersin oversees DHS’s international engagement, serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary in all matters pertaining to international affairs, and is responsible for leading the Department’s strategic planning and policy formulation functions.
Additionally, Bersin serves as Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region and is a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee, having been elected to those positions at INTERPOL’s 81st General Assembly in November 2012.
From 2010 to 2011, Bersin served as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a position from which he oversaw the operations of CBP’s 58,000-employee work force and managed an operating budget of more than $12 billion.
Prior to his service with DHS, Mr. Bersin served as California’s Secretary of Education, and was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California.
Mr. Bersin received his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and then earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.
This seminar is cohosted by the IGA and Diplomacy PICs. It is off the record and nothing said can be published without the speaker's permission.