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.”
Join us for a conversation with H.A. Hellyer, nonresident Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, and the Royal United Services Institute, London. Moderated by Professor Tarek Masoud.
About H.A. Hellyer:
Dr. H.A. Hellyer is a nonresident fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, where he specialises in governance, pluralism, religion and security issues in the West and the Arab world. Formerly the first Middle Eastern-based Senior Practice Consultant at Gallup, Dr Hellyer was previously Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. A United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Global Expert in his subject areas, Dr Hellyer was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce on ‘Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism’ after the London bombings in 2005. He also served as the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) first Economic and Social Research Council Fellow as part of the ‘Islam Team’ and then the ‘Counter-Terrorism Team’ as a Warwick University academic with FCO security clearance.
Dr. Hellyer’s expertise in Arab politics, contemporary Islamist political movements, and security issues has been called upon by different governmental and non-governmental actors including the UK House of Commons, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US State Department, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has authored several books and monographs, and has contributed more than 25 book chapters and journal articles to various presses. Some of his more recent publications include “Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans” for Edinburgh University Press, “Engagement with the Muslim Community and Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West” for the Brookings Institution Press, and “The Chance for Change in the Arab World: Egypt’s Uprising” for Chatham House’s Journal of International Affairs. Dr. Hellyer’s academic career, where he continues to look at political philosophy, and the interaction between tradition and modernity, has included affiliations at the American University in Cairo and the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford. He was also appointed as visiting professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, upon the recommendation of its chancellor, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, the royal spouse of the Sultan of Johor.
To professionalise political advisory, commercial research and media services on the Muslim world/MENA – West relations, Dr. Hellyer founded the VC Group as a research consortium for consultants in North America, Europe, the MENA region and Southeast Asia; its subject matter expertise is widely utilised by thought leaders in media, business and other sectors. As part of his consultancy work, Dr. Hellyer has been appointed in a variety of capacities looking at Arab-West relations, including as Senior Academic Advisor for Soliya, the UN Alliance of Civilisations implementation organization, and as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the ‘American in Arabic’ television series hosted by the ‘Arab Jon Stewart’, Bassem Youssef, recently made one of Time 100’s most influential people.
He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (UK, Bahrain, USA, & Singapore), the British Society of Middle East Studies, Fellow of the Young Foundation (UK), and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (USA). A prolific author, he regularly writes for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the National (Abu Dhabi), the Guardian (UK) and Daily News Egypt (Cairo), and is often interviewed by the BBC, CNN, al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera. He lives and works between London and Cairo.