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 a European Union driven apart by centrifugal forces, Germany has emerged as a - if not the - leading nation in the 28-country bloc, able to marshal critical negotiations on the future of the Eurozone, pushing for a compromise solution on the migration crisis,and pursuing Germany's and Europe's international objectives with respect to fragile states to the Union's South and the relationship with Russia in the East. Praised for this role in the international press, domestically this role is contested - still seen with considerable concern. Similarly, European partners see a number of German efforts to address volatilities as a country overstepping its boundaries, usurping their authority. Dr. Uli Speck, EU and Germany expert will address a number of critical questions around Germany's changing leadership role in the European Union and in global affairs with Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director, Cathryn Cluver.