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 Kai Eide was Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan from March 2008 to March 2010.
Before his assignment in Afghanistan he was Political Director of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from October 2006. He was Norwegian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2002 to 2006. This was his third term at NATO. He was Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway in the period 1991-93 and First Secretary of the Norwegian Delegation and subsequently Deputy Director of the Private Office of Secretaries General Lord Carrington and Manfred Wörner from 1984 to 1989.
In addition to his broad NATO experience, Ambassador Eide has spent a significant part of his diplomatic carrier in the OSCE and CSCE, starting from the early phases of the so-called Helsinki process in the 1970ies. He served as Norwegian Ambassador to the OSCE from 1998 to 2002, including as Chairman of the OSCE Permanent Council in 1999.
Ambassador Eide delivering a public address reflecting on international perspectives on Afghanistan’s future on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm in Land Lecture Hall, Belfer Building, 4th floor.