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 National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and current Senior Adviser on the Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Jake Sullivan, will deliver a public address on American foreign policy priorities in discussion with Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns.
Sullivan was appointed by Vice President Joe Biden as his National Security Advisor in February of 2013. He was formally the Director of Policy Planning at the United States Department of State and Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Clinton.
Prior to this, Sullivan had served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy since January 2009. He also served as Deputy Policy Director on then-Senator Clinton’s presidential campaign, and as a member of the debate preparation team for then-Senator Obama’s general election debates. Sullivan previously served as Chief Counsel and senior policy adviser to Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, his home state. Sullivan holds undergraduate and law degrees from Yale and a master's degree from Oxford.