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 conversation with Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution.
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani conducts research on the economics of the Middle East as a Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum (2001-2006), a network of Middle East economists based in Cairo.
Before joining Virginia Tech, he was on the Economics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, from 1977-84. During 1979-80, he served as an economist in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran.
He was educated at the University of London, Queen Mary College (B.Sc. Econ 1971), and Harvard University (MA 1975, PhD 1977). His research has covered a wide area in energy, population, development economics, and Middle East economics. His articles have appeared in Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and the Journal of Economic Inequality, among others. He is the co-author with Jacques Cremer of Models of the Oil Market (1991), editor of Labor and Human Capital in the Middle East (2001) which was selected as a Noteworthy Book for 2001 by the Princeton University Industrial Relations Program, and co-editor of The Production and Diffusion of Public Choice (2004). His current research interests are in labor markets and skill formation, population and development, and Middle Eastern economies, especially Iran.