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.”
Julian Simcock is the lead lawyer to the Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
In that capacity, he serves as a member of the U.S. delegation to the South Sudan peace process. He also participates in sanctions negotiations with the Government of Sudan and in ceasefire talks with the Darfuri rebel movement.
Prior to assuming his current position, he served on a delegation to Cuba as part of the United States’ normalization negotiations and worked on arbitration matters regarding Iran. He was also the Executive Director of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law.
He is a graduate of Babson College, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Stanford Law School. Before law school, he worked at Goldman Sachs and studied in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar.
He teaches a night class at Georgetown Law on diplomatic and sovereign immunities.