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.”
Claude Bruderlein, Senior Researcher, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), Harvard University, will discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on host communities, and will be joined by students who attended his Winter Field Study course in January 2014 to talk about the outcomes of the course.
To learn about the students who were involved in Professor Bruderlein's Winter Field Study course, click here.
For more details about the course and to read the non-paper that was the collective result of the trip, click here.
About Claude Bruderlein
Claude Bruderlein is a Lecturer on International Health and Co-Director of the Master’s Program in Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board. In his research, Mr. Bruderlein focuses particularly on the protection of civilians, the development of humanitarian law, the promotion of human security strategies, and the role of information technologies in emergency response.
Before joining Harvard University, Mr. Bruderlein served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs, focusing particularly on issues related to the negotiation of humanitarian access and the targeting of sanctions. He served as an expert to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian impact of sanctions in Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. He has also previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Yemen.