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.”
- Professor Nicholas Burns, Goodman Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations (moderator)
- Admiral William Fallon, USN (ret), former Commander, PACOM and CENTCOM, U.S. Navy
- Ambassador (ret) James Glassman, Chairman, Conference on Strategic Health Diplomacy; Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Founding Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute
- Jennifer Leaning, MD, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
- Douglas Shaffer, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
This panel will explore what can be achieved through strategic health diplomacy, using global health investments as both a foreign assistance and a national security tool. U.S. investments in global health have been among our country’s most effective diplomatic tools, contributing to a more stable and secure world by helping create more prosperous and healthy societies, more competent institutions, more stable governments, and greater support and goodwill for the United States. One such successful initiative is the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched under President George W. Bush and extended throughout the current administration.