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 Directors’ Seminar Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).
Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, and was the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. She had previously been with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, starting in 2000. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 to December 2008. She most recently was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.-Russian relations and nuclear security and stability.
Formerly, she acted as Deputy Undersecretary of Energy for Defense, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and before that, Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation and National Security, also at the Department of Energy. During this time, she was responsible for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. She first joined the Department of Energy in November 1997 as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security.
Prior to her work at the Department of Energy, Ms. Gottemoeller served for 3 years as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council in the White House as director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for denuclearization in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has taught on Soviet military policy and Russian security at Georgetown University.
Ms. Gottemoeller received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and a M.A. from George Washington University. She is fluent in Russian.
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