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.”
"9/11: Ten Years On"
A conversation with:
R. Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008)
Juliette Kayyem, Columnist, the Boston Globe,; Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS; Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, DHS
Michael Leiter, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center; JD '11
Moderated by Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs