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.”
Part of the HKS Conversation Series: Will the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Be Resolved?, a multi-part series hosted by Middle East Initiative fellow Diana Buttu, former legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team and former advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
This session with Robert Malley will serve to recap the more than twenty years of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations by examining some of the pitfalls and failures of the Clinton Administration’s approach to these negotiations and how this approach has affected subsequent US Administrations.
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Participants are asked to read the following articles before attending this session:
Robert Malley and Hussein Agha, "Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors", New York Review of Books, 9 August 2001.
Robert Malley and Hussein Agha, "Who's Afraid of the Palestinians" New York Review of Books, 10 February 2011.
More on the speaker: Robert Malley is Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa at International Crisis Group. He directs analysts based in Amman, Cairo, Beirut, Tel Aviv and Baghdad. Together they report on the political, social and economic factors affecting the risk of conflict and make policy recommendations to address these threats. The team covers events from Iran to Morocco, with a heavy focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the situation in Iraq, and Islamist movements throughout the region. Robert also covers developments in the United States that affect policy toward the Middle East. He was Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs, 1998–2001, Executive Assistant to Samuel R. Berger, National Security Advisor, 1996–1998, and Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council, 1994–1996.
The HKS Conversation Series is made possible by the generous support of Sidney Topol.