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.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will discuss the evolution of NATO and its response to 21st century challenges, including hybrid warfare, terrorism and transnational threats.
ACCESS TO THIS EVENT IS BY LOTTERY ONLY: Due to the high degree of interest in this event, a limited number of tickets will be available. Registration is limited to Harvard Kennedy School degree students and will run from from Monday, September 19th at 10:00 am until midnight on Wednesday, September 20th.
Tickets awarded via lottery will be available for pickup on Thursday, September 21st in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum from 12-1 pm and 4-5 pm. Ticketholders must be physically present and bring a Harvard ID in order to claim their space at the event.
His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg took office as NATO’s thirteenth Secretary General on October 1, 2014, continuing a long and distinguished career in public service. Past appointments include Prime Minister of Norway (2005-2013, 2000-2001); leader of the Norwegian Labour Party (2002-2014); Minister of Finance (1996-1997); Minister of Industry and Energy (1993-1996); State Secretary at the Ministry of Environment (1990-1991); and Member of Parliament (1991-2014).
During Mr. Stoltenberg’s tenure as Prime Minister, Norway contributed to various NATO operations, and Norway’s defense spending increased steadily, with the result that Norway is today one of the Allies with the highest per capita defense expenditure.
As Secretary General, Mr. Stoltenberg has overseen the largest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defense in a generation. In July 2016, he chaired the Warsaw Summit, at which Allies took historic decisions to protect their citizens and project stability abroad – including with enhanced military presence in Eastern Europe, training and capacity building in Iraq, surveillance planes supporting the Global Coalition to counter ISIL, and an expanded presence in the Mediterranean Sea.