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.”
On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, at 6:00 PM, the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Forum event on the future of transatlantic relations featuring David Miliband, former UK Foreign Secretary, Javier Solana, former NATO Secretary-General, and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.The event will take place at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in the Littauer Building of the Harvard Kennedy School.
From 2007 until 2010, David Miliband served as British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. At age 41, Mr. Miliband was the youngest British Foreign Secretary in over thirty years. Prior to his appointment to this post, Mr. Miliband served as the Head of Policy to Tony Blair’s Labour Party in 1997, and was a major contributor to the platform that brought Labour to power in the 1997 general elections. Currently, Mr. Miliband is the Labour MP for South Shields, a position he has held since 2001.
From October 1999 until December 2009, Dr. Javier Solana served as the European Union’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary General of the Council of the European Union, and Secretary General of the Western European Union. Prior to his appointment to these posts, he served as the Secretary-General of NATO (1995-1999) and the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992-1995).
Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. Professor Burns served in the United States Foreign Service for twenty-seven years until his retirement in April 2008. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005) and to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997).