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.”
Pablo Marco, a 2013 Mid-Career graduate, will discuss his experiences in Aleppo this summer with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF). Representatives from other NGOs with “humanitarian boots on the ground in northern Syria” will also discuss the difficulties of their work in a region where civilians, hospitals and medical workers have become targets.
Co-sponsored by The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and
the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard.