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.”
Join the Belfer Center’s new project Managing the Microbe for our first talk with Judith Miller on the lethal but yet less noticed bio-threats in the 21st century. Even though threats from bio-terrorism are growing with the rise of terrorist groups and increased accessibility to the weapons, a vacuum still exists in the biosecurity arena. Renowned journalist Judith Miller will give her assessment and insights on this critical issue.
Judith Miller is an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the New York Times. She is the author of “Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War,” a gripping take on germ warfare and what form its future might take. In 2005, she spent 85 days in jail to defend a reporter's right to protect confidential sources.
She is now an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of its magazine, "City Journal." Since 2008, she has been a commentator for Fox News, speaking on terrorism and other national security issues, the Middle East, American foreign policy, and need to strike a delicate balance between protecting both national security and civil liberties in a post-9/11 world.
Managing the Microbe is a new project at the Belfer Center aspiring to fill the critical need to address the growing threats from biological weapons and natural disease outbreaks. It is led by Andrew C. Weber, who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs for President Obama, and Barry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Attendance is first come first serve, and open only to HUID holders.
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