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.”
Mansoor al-Jamri is the founder and editor-in-chief of Al-Wasat, Bahrain's only independent newspaper. His editorials are known for their moderate thought leadership addressing many issues including paths for reform in Bahrain. During the government's crackdown on Arab Spring protesters this past spring, al-Jamri and two other Al-Wasat editors were arrested and criminally charged with publishing false news. Over a thousand other Bahrainis were arrested, including doctors, nurses, union workers, and soccer players. Over 30 protesters were killed, including some in police custody. This fall, al-Jamri was fined nearly $3,000, but has now actively returned to Al-Wasat. In November, he is receiving the Committee to Protect Journalists 2011 International Press Freedom Award.
This event it co-sponsored by: Harvard Law & International Development Society, HLS Human Rights Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Neiman Foundation, Islamic Legal Studies Program, The Shorenstein Center, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and The Prince al Waleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program