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.”
MTA/ISP Fellow Yvonne Yew will discuss the prospects for regional cooperation on nuclear issues within southeast Asia.
Yvonne Yew is a research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom. A former Singapore diplomat, she has worked on regional and multilateral issues in Asia and in Europe. She was last posted in Austria, where she was responsible for establishing an office in Vienna and served as the Alternate Representative and Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency during Singapore's term on the IAEA Board of Governors from 2004–2006. She was also consultant to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization's International Scientific Studies Project.