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.”
Multilateral institutions are proliferating in seemingly every sphere of international cooperation. From the environment to economics, from security to the nuclear realm, a growing number of institutions at the regional, transnational and bilateral levels are complementing the work of already established global institutions. But what drives this phenomenon, and more importantly, who stands to gain from it and why? The central argument of this MTA seminar is that institutional proliferation should be read both as a functional and a strategic phenomenon.
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