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.”
• Zoe Marks, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
• Nafisa Eltahir, Reuters Correspondent for Sudan and Egypt
• Ilham Ali, a Sudanese activist and a graduate student of Technology and Policy at MIT
• Ism'ail Khuskhush, Freelance Correspondent, Khartoum & DC
• Moderator: Awab Elmesbah, Master's of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
This event is organized by the Africa Caucus and the Arab Caucus, with support from The Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School.