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.”
Update: Please note that the location for this event has changed to Starr Auditorium, 3rd floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School.
Antonio de Aguiar Patriota is Brazil's Minister of External Relations, succeeding former Future of Diplomacy Fellow, Celso Amorim. Between 2007 and 2009 he served as Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, before being appointed Brazil's Secretary General of External Relations and then ultimately becoming Minister.
Before his departure for Washington, Minister Patriota served as Under Secretary General for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Relations. He is a career diplomat, having worked as an Adviser to the Head of the United Nations Division from 1980 to 1982, as an Adviser to the Secretary General for Political Affairs from 1990 to 1992, and as the Deputy Diplomatic Adviser to the President of Brazil from 1992 to 1994.
Overseas, he served as a member of Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva, from 1983 to 1986, as Political Counselor at the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing from 1987 to 1988, as Head of the Economic Section of the Brazilian Embassy in Caracas from 1988 to 1990, and as a Political Counselor at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York, from 1994 to 1999. He was a member of Brazil’s Delegation to the U.N. Security Council in 1995 and from 1998 to 1999. He served as Minister Counsellor at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva from 1999 to 2003. During the last two years of this posting, he served as Brazil’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization.
Consponsored by: The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies