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.”
A talk by Alistair Burt, UK Foreign Office Minister for North America and the Middle East (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State). Introduction by Professor Tarek Masoud, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Co-Sponsored by The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Alistair Burt MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 14 May 2010.
Alistair Burt entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 and is the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire.
Born in 1955, he was educated at Bury Grammar School, and studied at St John's College Oxford, where he was president of the university law society. He became a solicitor and served on Haringey Council in London.
He is married to Eve Burt and has two grown up children.
Alistair Burt produces a regular blog about his work at the Foreign Office which you can read here.