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.”
Former Russian Minister of Interior and Duma member, General Anatoliy S. Kulikov, will speak at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center on Tuesday, 8 July, from 12:15 to 1:45 in the Belfer Center Library (rm L369). General Kulikov will speak on the Russian perspective of terrorism and also conduct an open question and answer session on current issues in the US-Russia relationship.
At a time when contacts with senior influential Russians are few, this is a rare opportunity to engage with a policy-influencer who meets regularly with the highest level Russian government leaders.
Anatoliy Kulikov was the ground forces commander in the first Chechen War (1995) and was formerly the Commander of all Interior Ministry Forces (1992) as well as the Minister of the Interior. He was elected to the Duma in 1999 and 2003 and is a member of the pro-government party, United Russia. Kulikov is currently the president of the “Club of Military Leaders,” a private organization which enjoys special government support. Members are three and four star generals, retired and active duty, and includes former chiefs of the General Staff, heads of intelligence agencies (FSB and GRU), and veterans of the Afghan and Chechen wars. The “club” conducts research and seminars on a variety of national security issues and provides policy input to the government including briefings to President Putin. Kulikov is also the senior Russian member of the Belfer Center’s Elbe Group; retired US and Russian general officers from the defense and intelligence services who meet regularly to discuss sensitive US-Russia security issues.
This session is “off the record” and nothing can be quoted or attributed without the permission of the speaker. The session is open to Harvard ID card holders only and on a first come first served basis.