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 conversation with Steve Caton, Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies in the Department of Anthropology Program at Harvard University, and Nader Ardalan, Senior Research Associate, Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism at Harvard Design School.
This event follows the publication of a peer reviewed report by the same name, made possible by the Kuwait Program at Harvard. Read the entire report here.