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.”
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae was appointed the Ambassador of Japan to the United States in November 2012. Before coming to Washington he served as Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, the highest level civil service position in the Japanese Foreign Ministry. He studied at Swarthmore College and in 1984 his first foreign assignment was as First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Among other accomplishments, Ambassador Sasae served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan, Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Director-General of the Asian & Oceania Affairs Bureau and Chief Japanese Negotiator to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea.