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.”
Almost 68.5 million refugees in the world today live in a protection gap, the chasm between protections stipulated in the Geneva Convention and the abrogation of those responsibilities by states and aid agencies. With dwindling humanitarian aid, how do refugee communities solve collective dilemmas, like raising funds for funeral services, or securing other critical goods and services? Nadya Hajj, Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College, will discuss her research on this question as detailed in her latest book, Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age.
This event will be moderated by MEI Faculty Director Tarek Masoud.
Nadya Hajj is the Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and the Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College. She studies how marginalized communities, specifically Palestinian refugees, develop cooperative strategies to solve collective dilemmas in suboptimal conditions. Her first book, Protection Amid Chaos: The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps, was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. Her second book, Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age, was published by the University of California Press in October 2021.