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 discussion with Karim Makdisi, Associate Professor of International Politics and Director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Visiting Scholar at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Research Director of the UN in the Arab World program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, on their recent book Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations and the Arab World (October 2016) from University of California Press. They will be joined by contributor Susann Kassem, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, on her chapter "Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and 'Quick Impact Projects.'"
Moderated by Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Followed by a book signing with the authors at the Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
Co-sponsored by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Susann Kassem is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. She is researching UN peacekeeping practices in southern Lebanon.