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.”
A seminar with Soli Ozel, Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, and foreign news editor and a columnist for the Gazete Habertürk.
This event is part of the 2013-2014 study group series on “Muslims and Democratic Politics: A Comparative and Inter-Disciplinary Inquiry” co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the Graduate Workshop "Islam and the West."
Location: Center for European Studies, Goldman Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
About Soli Ozel:
Soli Özel is a professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University and foreign news editor and a columnist for the Gazete Habertürk, one of Turkey’s largest daily newspapers. From 1998 until 2007, he was the Editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy-Türkiye, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Private View, the quarterly publication of TUSIAD, Turkey’s top business association. He taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Johns Hopkins SAIS before returning to teach in Turkey at Bogazici University and Bilgi University.
Özel was a Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in February, 2012. During this time he taught study groups on contemporary Turkey and additionally delivered a public address on Turkey's foreign policy priorities.