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.”
Josette Sheeran is the current Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum. As a Spring 2013 Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Sheeran will spend a month in residence at the Harvard Kennedy School teaching a variety of seminars, roundtables, and lectures. Her public address on May 2 is entitled "Leading in a Flat World--Lessons from the Frontlines of World Hunger."
Prior to the World Economic Forum, Sheeran was the eleventh Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (November 2006-April 2012), the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger. In 2011, she was named by Forbes as the world's 30th most powerful woman. She also served previously as US Undersecretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs.