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.”
Hans Brattskar is the Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway. In discussion with Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director Cathryn Clüver, Brattskar will discuss Norway's role in NATO, its security interests in the Arctic and its relationship with the European Union.
Hans Brattskar has served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway since October 2013. His previous position was as Ambassador to Kenya and Permanent Representative to the UN organizations based in Nairobi.
Brattskar was Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Ministry of the Environment and served as the first Director of the Government of Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative.
Brattskar has been Ambassador and Special Adviser for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator for the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.
For more than four years he was Norway’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka and prior to that served as Minister Counselor and Head of the Political Section at the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York. He was Coordinator in New York during Norway’s last term on the Security Council.
Brattskar was Director of the Secretariat of the Minister for International Development (Chief of Staff) for five years and has served at Norway’s Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Malaysia. He worked as Ass. Professor of Economics and Management and Department Chair at Østfold University College in Norway before joining the Foreign Service.
He currently serves as Governor of the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Inter American Development Bank and as Deputy Governor of the World Bank. Brattskar holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University.