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.”
Since 9/11 and especially after the 2003 Iraqi Crisis, Iran has been able to increasingly impact Middle East politics. What are the roots of Iran's new significance in the region? What are the aims and strategies of Iran's foreign policy in the region? What are the consequences of Iran's foreign policy for the region? Focusing on the Iranian perspective of the Middle East politics, this talk will also address the opportunities and challenges of Iran's foreign policy conduct in the region and its relations with the United States.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.