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.”
A seminar with Dr. Michael Hudson, Director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.
With the region in turmoil, the global strategic balance shifting, and domestic challenges pressing, the Obama Administration appears to be improvising. In Asia, there is a widespread view that America is in decline globally, that the “tilt” to Asia is not serious and that this Administration is weak and confused. Is that view too harsh? This seminar will look at the U.S. and the Arab uprisings, Iran and the Gulf, Al-Qa'ida, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Is a “pax Americana” for the Middle East possible—or even necessary?
About Michael Hudson:
Michael Hudson is the Director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. He is also Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University, where he served as Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for many years. He has edited and contributed to numerous books, including Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (Columbia University Press/CCAS, 1999), The Palestinians: New Directions (CCAS, 1990), and Alternative Approaches to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (CCAS, 1984). His other works include The Precarious Republic: Political Modernization in Lebanon (Random House, 1968, 1985) and Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy (Yale University Press, 1977), numerous chapters, and articles appearing in Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, International Affairs, Comparative Politics, Al-Mustaqbil al-'Arabi, and other scholarly journals. Hudson was awarded the 2011 Jere L. Bacharach Service Award from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), of which he is a past president.