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.”
Chairman, BP; Chairman, AB Volvo
in conversation with
John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School
David T. Ellwood (moderator)
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Environment and Natural Resources Program.