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.”
Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the think tank Europe’s Future at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, is one of the most sought-after experts on Europe. A foreign correspondent by trade, he was previously Deputy Editor-In-Chief and European Editor for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit as well as reported from Paris, Brussels and Bonn. A strong supporter of the European Union, Fritz-Vannahme will share his seasoned expertise on current topics including the migration crisis, Brexit and the ongoing economic woes.