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.”
Opening the joint CLIMATE CHANGE DIPLOMACY WEEK event series two weeks before the start of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, leading experts from Harvard and around the world examine the propensity for success, the arc of negotiation toward the Paris meeting and the science that must inform diplomatic decision-making on global climate policy.
- Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Harvard University and member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology opens the discussion.
His remarks will be followed by a panel conversation featuring:
- René Castro, former Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
- Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and chief climate negotiator, United States; Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
- Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
- Nicholas Burns (moderator), Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project
A light breakfast will be served.