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.”
Douglas Alexander, Senior Fellow with the The Future of Diplomacy Project and Former UK Shadow Foreign Secretary discusses the role of the European Global Strategy in redefining the purpose of the European project after the UK vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. In conversation with the Project's Executive Director, he will address the impact of transnational challenges on Europe, including migration and climate effects, and address Britain's shifting role in European security.
The Right Honourable Douglas Alexander was Shadow Foreign Secretary for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition in the U.K. from 2011-15. Currently, he serves as a Visiting Professor at King's College, London. In November 2015, Alexander was appointed senior advisor to Bono. In this capacity, he will be advising Bono on how best to secure investment to tackle global poverty, particularly in Africa. Alexander previously held numerous senior U.K. Ministerial positions (2001-10), including as Minister for Europe, as Secretary of State for International Development and U.K.'s Governor of the World Bank. In addition, Alexander coordinated the Labour Party’s 2001 general election campaign for then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.
This event will be held in the Darman Seminar Room, located in in the Center for Public Leadership Suite at the Kennedy School.