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 seminar with Neil Ketchley, Lecturer in Middle East Politics, King’s College London and Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on his recent book, Egypt in a Time of Revolution, from Cambridge University Press.
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, HKS.
About the Book
How did Egyptians overthrow a seemingly well-fortified dictator of three decades in less than three weeks? Drawing on protest event data, as well as interviews and other qualitative sources, Neil Ketchley presents findings from his new book on the 25 January Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath.
About the Author
Neil Ketchley is a political sociologist of the Middle East and North Africa. His research on social movements and protest has appeared in the American Political Science Review and Mobilization. His current research focuses on the rise of mass street politics and political Islam in interwar Egypt.
Neil received his PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics. For 2014-2016 he was Hulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford.