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 Dr. Amanda Sloat, Democracy in Hard Places Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, HKS.
Turkey is facing internal and external threats, including the aftermath of a July 2016 coup attempt and the destabilizing effects of the Syrian war. At the same time, Turkey's domestic politics are becoming increasingly authoritarian with narrowing space for political opposition, free media, and civil society. With mistrust growing on both sides, Turkey is near an all-time low in its relations with the west. This talk will discuss the challenges currently facing Turkey, as well as the policy options available to the US and EU in response.
Co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.