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.”
What are the Ahmadinejad government's foreign policy aims and strategies and how will post-election developments impact Iran-U.S. relations? During his first term, Ahmadinejad employed an active foreign policy in attempting to deal with new security challenges, and in his second term, we can foresee that he will continue to pursue such an active foreign policy line. There is, however, a key difference. Given the cost that Iran has incurred as a result of pursuing its nuclear program in the face of U.S. and European opposition, Iran's president will be under pressure to obtain tangible results which shore up Iran's regional role and geo-strategic interests.
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