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.”
A seminar with Raji Sourani, Founder, Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Shawan Jabarin, General Director, al-Haq.
Moderated by Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
In this rare visit to the United States, leading Palestinian human rights defenders Raji Sourani and Shawan Jabarin will provide timely perspectives from the ground in Gaza-under-closure and in the aftermath of the July/August 2014 offensive, and the dynamic situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. They will also discuss ongoing efforts to protect basic human rights and struggles for accountability for widespread violations, including before the International Criminal Court.
Lunch will be served.
Raji Sourani is the founder and director of the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights. Raji also works with a number of human rights organizations and movements, including the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the International Commission of Jurists, and was the recipient of the 2013 Right Livelihood (also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) award. He was a 1991 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Laureate.
Shawan Jabarin is the General Director of al-Haq, the oldest Palestinian human rights organization. A well-known human rights advocate, Shawan currently serves as Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a member of Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa Division Advisory Committee, and as an ICJ Commissioner.
Co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Middle East Forum, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.