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.”
Iran is well on the way to becoming the next nuclear-weapons state. What policy options does the United States have? How likely is the success of the European engagement effort? What will be the effect on the nonproliferation regime if Iran crosses the nuclear threshold? A panel of nonproliferation experts will discuss what is known about the Iranian nuclear program and propose strategies for deterring Iran from testing and deploying nuclear weapons.