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.”
In this seminar, Lauren Zabierek, the Executive Director of the Belfer Center’s Cyber Project, will discuss some of our nation’s most pressing cyber issues with Richard A. Clarke, who served as Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (“Terrorism Czar”), and Special Advisor for Cyberspace (the first “Cyber Czar”) for President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush.
Clarke is currently the CEO of Good Harbor, a cybersecurity risk management advisory firm. Earlier in his career, Clarke was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence at the State Department in the Reagan Administration and was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs in the Bush (41) Administration. In the latter capacity, he coordinated elements in support of the First Gulf War. In the Pentagon and the State Department, he participated in a series of multilateral and bilateral nuclear arms control negotiations. He has authored several books including Against All Enemies and Cyber War. Along with Robert Knake, he recently wrote The Fifth Domain which we will discuss as well.
We welcome members of the Harvard community to join us for what promises to be an exciting event. Light refreshments will be provided.