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.”
Associate Professor Matthew Bunn and Kangho Park, Consul General of the Republic of Korea for Boston, will provide a briefing on the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit taking place in Seoul on March 26th and 27th.
A former Director-General for Development Cooperation of the Korean Foreign Ministry, Kangho Park is Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Boston. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea in 1981, serving as Director of Development Cooperation Division, Deputy Director-General for International Economic Affairs. He also worked as Vice President of KOICA. During 2009-2010, he was a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution.
Matthew Bunn is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research interests include nuclear theft and terrorism; nuclear proliferation and measures to control it; the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle; and policies to promote innovation in energy technologies. Before coming to Harvard, Bunn served as an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, and as editor of Arms Control Today. He is the author or co-author of some 20 books or major technical reports, and over a hundred articles in publications ranging from Science to The Washington Post. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a recipient of the American Physical Society's Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for "outstanding contributions in helping to formulate policies to decrease the risks of theft of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials"; and the recipient of the Hans A. Bethe Award from the Federation of American Scientists for "science in service to a more secure world."