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.”
At a time when communication between Russia and the United States is at its worst since the Cold War and official visits between countries are rare, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is bringing together many of the architects of the US-Russia relationship to discuss Lenin’s famous question, “What is to be done?”
Join us for a special Forum event on Thursday, October 23rd, from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm as former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty interviews two of Russia’s leading strategic thinkers to get the view from Moscow on Ukraine, Iran, nuclear arms and other aspects of the relationship with the United States.
Today, Russian president Putin enjoys historic high popularity among his own people (>80% approval) at the same time he has the worst ratings among Americans ever (>60% disapproval). Come to the Forum on October 23rd and find out why we have such different views on Putin and other key issues.
Dean, School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs,
Higher School of Economics
Director, Institute for the US and Canadian Studies,
Russian Academy of Science
Jill Dougherty (moderator)
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars;
Former Moscow Bureau Chief, CNN