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.”
Former UK Shadow Secretary and The Future of Diplomacy Project’s 2015 fall Fisher Family Fellow, Douglas Alexander, will be leading two seminars for HKS degree students related to the future of trans-Atlantic relations, with specific attention towards shifting public attitudes to the EU and the UK’s sometimes fraught relationship with the Union.
Seminar 1: Public Attitudes to the EU: The Rise of Populism in Europe (Thursday, October 15, 4:30pm-6:00pm, One Brattle Square, Room 401)
Seminar 2: Britain's Relationship to the EU/The Risk of Brexit (Thursday, October 22, 4:30pm-6:00pm, One Brattle Square, Room 401)
Advanced registration is required. Once confirmed, attendance is strictly mandatory and the sessions are capped at 20 students. Please register by clicking this link. Registration closes on Wednesday, October 14 at 9:00 am. Short reading materials will be made available ahead of each session. For additional questions, please contact Alice Han: email@example.com
Douglas Alexander is the former Shadow Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom, serving in Ed Miliband’s opposition Labour Party government in the UK House of Commons. He previously served as UK Secretary of State for International Development (2007-10), as UK Governor of the World Bank, and as Minister of State for Europe (2005-06). In addition, Mr. Alexander coordinated the Labour Party’s 2001 general election campaign for then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.