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.”
Dr. Khalil al-Anani, Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, will provide an analysis of Egypt's transition in light of the ongoing political crisis where divisions and polarization are still pervasive.
This event will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Part of the 2013-2014 study group series on “Muslims and Democratic Politics: A Comparative and Inter-Disciplinary Inquiry” co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the Graduate Workshop "Islam and the West."
About Dr. Khalil al-Anani:
Dr. Khalil al-Anani is an Adjunct Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a leading academic expert on Islamist movements, Egyptian politics, and democratization in the Middle East. He served as a Resident Senior Scholar at The Middle East Institute, as a Scholar of Middle East politics at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University (UK), as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. and as a Senior Scholar at Al-Ahram Foundation in Cairo.
He is the author and coauthor of several books in both Arabic and English, including “Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics” (forthcoming), “Elections and Democratization in the Middle East” (co-editor, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), and “Political Islam in the Middle East: Past, Present, and Future” (Cairo, International Center for Strategic and Future Studies, 2007).
He also has published several journal articles, policy papers, and Op-Ed pieces in leading journals and newspapers including Washington Post, Foreign Policy and others. He writes a bi-monthly column in the pan Arab newspaper Al-Hayat and in the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly and is a frequent commentator on Arab and international media, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and Alhurra.
He has a PhD in Political Science from Durham University, UK.