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.”
Bill Richardson, who has served as New Mexico governor, U.S. Energy Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and member of Congress, delivers the 2011 Corliss Lamont Lecture, given annually by a person who has demonstrated leadership in diminishing the risk of nuclear war. Bill Richardson, currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics, has handled high-stakes diplomatic missions on behalf of American presidents to countries including Iraq and North Korea, and as Energy Secretary he achieved major advances in nuclear security and dealing with nuclear waste.
Interviewer: Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Address: 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge.Details at the Institute of Politics website. Also, as always, the Forum will be webcast live on the IOP website, and available for later viewing at any time.