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.”
Drawing on his recent experiences as a senior official at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi will highlight the shortcomings of current approaches to nuclear diplomacy using Iran, India, and Pakistan as case studies. In this effort, he will address the limitations of the IAEA in shaping nuclear policy and will suggest a more comprehensive approach to nuclear diplomacy that takes into account regional security contexts as well as the wider nuclear black market.
Ambassador Naqvi served as the Chairman of the Asia Group and Vice Chairman of the IAEA Board of Governors during his five-year tenure as Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the IAEA and Ambassador to Austria. Over his thirty-five year career, served as Ambassador to Austria and Jordan, Acting Ambassador to the United States, in addition to other assignments in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Algeria.
The event is co-sponsored with Harvard's South Asia Initiative.
Refreshments will be provided. Admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.