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.”
This panel will look at Australia’s role in the strategic contest between the U.S. and China, including through the Quad and AUKUS in the Indo-Pacific, ahead of the release of the highly anticipated "Defence Strategic Review" (DSR) report. The DSR, sent to the Australian Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister on February 14, 2023, conducts a sweeping review of Australia’s defense force posture, structure, and capabilities. This report aims to to help Canberra respond to the changing strategic environment that will likely direct the Australian government’s defense policy for future decades.
The panelists, who represent the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion, having authored numerous reports on defense policy and strategy and having served in the Australian government. ASPI is the country’s premier think tank, which opened its first overseas branch in Washington, D.C. in mid-2022.
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