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.”
Speaker: Julius Weitzdörfer, Junior Professor of East Asian Law, Hagen University, Germany
Risks stemming from CBRN-terrorism (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) are characterized by relatively low frequency, yet extraordinary potential impact. They constitute both important and challenging security concerns, especially unprecedented worst-case scenarios of nuclear terrorism. In contrast to the high-level and (so-far) successful national and international efforts to prevent acts of radio-nuclear terrorism, namely by securing weapons and materials, physical protection of materials, intelligence, and preparedness for emergency response, the recovery phase of mitigating such incidents has received comparatively little attention. A number of recent events have, one the one hand, exposed public-health, economic, and societal vulnerabilities that highlight the degree of under-preparedness for long-term, wide-area recovery efforts, while, on the other hand, they might also offer valuable lessons.
To help reduce the enormous potential costs associated with radiological and nuclear terrorism, drawing on cases from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, this seminar seeks to derive and improve recovery policies towards a well-rounded, holistic approach to mitigating the risks of nuclear and radiological terrorism.
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