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 discussion with Future of Diplomacy Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns, Ambassador Richard Olson will speak on the relationship between the US and Pakistan and reflect on his experience heading one of the largest US embassies in Islamabad. The event is co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute and the India and South Asia Program.
Ambassador Olson is U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He previously as the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. Ambassador Olson also served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011.
He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor. Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, (where he served both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and in Najaf, Iraq. He was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).