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.”
A seminar with Heba Handoussa, Founder, Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID). This event is part of the fall 2013 seminar series led by MEI Visiting Scholar Djavad Salehi-Isfahani: "The Politics and Economics of Transition in the Arab World." For more information about this series, click here.
We encourage you to be familiar with this paper in advance of the talk.
About Heba Handoussa:
Dr. Heba Handoussa founded the Egypt Network for Integrated Development “ENID” which aims to create a viable process for the identification of problem areas and for the dissemination of solutions to selected national problems in an integrated process.
Dr. Handoussa was managing director of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey (ERF), a non-government, non-profit institution established in 1993 to promote policy-relevant research on the MENA region. She served as advisor to the Egyptian government and as consultant to the World Bank. She was a member of the Shura Council, Egypt's Upper House of Parliament. She is also a member of Egypt's National Specialized Councils which report directly to the President. She is also a member on the Board of the Central Bank of Egypt. She also serves on the Board of international and regional research related institutions including CEDEJ, IFPRI, UNRISD, and sits on the WBI External Advisory Board of the World Bank. She is also a commissioner of the “World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization” of the ILO. Dr. Handoussa is also the coordinator of the Femise network. Her numerous publications cover the areas of structural adjustment, industrial policy, productively growth, foreign aid, institutional reform and comparative development models.