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.”
About the film: The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film was released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia. watch the trailer About the Speakers: David Holbrooke, is a filmmaker whose latest film, The Diplomat, is about his father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who brokered the peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War. David Holbrooke has been Festival Director of Telluride Mountainfilm in Colorado since 2008. His previous film, Hard as Nails, aired on HBO in December 2007. Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me, Time for a New God and A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called “Original Thinkers.” Other notable projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra. He was co-producer of The Trials of Henry Kissinger.
Before he became a filmmaker, David spent a year in the dotcom world and previously worked extensively in television news, producing long-form pieces for The Today Show, CBS News and CNN. David has also written for the Huffington Post, CNN.com and National Geographic Adventure. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Telluride, Colorado, with his wife Sarah, three kids, two big dogs, and a bunch of bikes. James Sebenius, is the Gordon Donaldson Professorship of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. At the Program on Negotiation, he is chair of the Harvard Negotiation Project, co-chair of the American Secretaries of State Project, and co-chair of the Great Negotiator Award Committee. He founded and directs the Negotiation Roundtable, an ongoing forum in which hundreds of negotiations have been examined to extract their most valuable lessons. He is the co-author, with David Lax, of 3-D Negotiation. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard in business economics, a master’s degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford’s Engineering School, and an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt in mathematics and English.