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.”
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a lunch seminar with Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow and Director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Steven Miller, Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center, will host.
Saudi Arabia is preparing for its next king, who looks likely to be either Crown Prince Salman or the newly appointed Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin. Whoever it is will be a leader of the Arab and Islamic worlds as well as of the world's largest oil exporter. Yet the kingdom's relationship with its most important ally, the United States, is changing as North America heads towards energy independence. Meanwhile, a diplomatic compromise is being hatched over Iran's worrisome nuclear program. In these circumstances, Saudi Arabia is thought to be re-examining its own nuclear options.
Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His publications include "Nuclear Iran: A Glossary of Terms" (updated 2013) co-authored with Olli Heinonen of the Belfer Center, "After King Abdullah: Succession in Saudi Arabia" (2009), and "Natural Gas in the Palestinian Authority: The Potential of the Gaza Marine Offshore Field" (2014).
Lunch will be served.
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