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 and Pakistan have generated much debate with their respective nuclear dossier and nuclear weapons program. Both countries are Muslim-majority states, where religion and nationalism have shaped nuclear narrative. Ariane Tabatabai will examine the complex relationship between religious and national identities in both countries and their influence in fashioning nuclear narrative.
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