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.”
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with the Honorable Bill Richardson in the Belfer Center Library.
Bill Richardson completed his second term as Governor of New Mexico in 2010; his two consecutive terms as Governor were overwhelmingly supported by the people of New Mexico. Richardson's bold governing style moved New Mexico forward in several important areas such as clean energy, education, public transportation, and public safety.
Prior to being elected governor, Richardson enjoyed a very successful and fulfilling career in public service, academia and the private sector. Richardson served seven consecutive terms representing the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico. In 1997, during his 8th term in office, Richardson was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Following his work as Ambassador to the U.N., Richardson was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy in 1998 joining President Clinton's cabinet.
While serving as a congressman, Richardson acted as a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He successfully won the release of hostages, American servicemen, and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, and Sudan. Richardson has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize for his service to the nation.
In 2001, Richardson assumed the chairmanship of Freedom House, a private, non-partisan organization that promotes democracy worldwide. He also worked as a business consultant in Santa Fe and served on several boards including the Natural Resource Defense Council and United Way International.
Bill Richardson has been married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara, for 37 years. Richardson received a BA from Tufts University in 1970, and a MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1971.
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