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.”
One year on from Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine, there have been significant consequences for Eastern Europe and global security. Shifting military, political, social, and economic drivers have re-shaped geopolitics. As we unpack the past to better understand the present and future, please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project and Russia Matters Project for a half-day virtual conference on Wednesday February 15, 2023, from 12:30PM ET to 3:45PM ET via Zoom. Practitioners and scholars will examine these issues in detail and provide an assessment with an aim to look ahead into 2023 and beyond.
The event will include an opening keynote address followed by two panels that will examine military objectives, force structure, and capabilities in addition to strategic goals, economic sanctions, and political changes underway.
Panelists and commentators include:
- Fiona Hill, Former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs
- Mark Hertling, Former Commanding General of US Army Europe
- Alexandra Vacroux, Director of the Davis Center Director at Harvard University
- Yevgenia M. Albats, Distinguished Journalist in Residence at New York University
- Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University
- Nataliya Bugayova, Non-Resident Russia Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War
- Pavel Luzin, Visiting Scholar at the Fletcher School, Tufts University