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 panel discussion with:
Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director, Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Princeton University.
Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate, Middle East Center, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Moderated by Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeanne Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and MEI Faculty Affiliate.
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