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.”
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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with Ambassador Eric S. Edelman in the Belfer Center Library.
Ambassador Eric S. Edelman (ret.) is a Distinguished Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Visiting Scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a Senior Associate of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Retiring as a Career Minister from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009, Ambassador Edelman has served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense, as well as the White House. While at the white house he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services and congressional relations. As the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (August 2005-January 2009) he oversaw strategy development as Department of Defense's senior policy official with global responsibility for bilateral defense relations, war plans, special operations forces, homeland defense, missile defense, nuclear weapons and arms control policies, counter-proliferation, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, arms sales, and defense trade controls.
He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey in the Clinton and Bush Administrations and was Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs. In other assignments he has been Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Robert Kimmitt and special assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz. His other positions include the State Department Operations Center, Prague, Moscow, and Tel Aviv, where he was a member of the U.S. Middle East Delegation to the West Bank/Gaza Autonomy Talks.
He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and several Department of State Superior Honor Awards.
Ambassador Edelman received a B.A. in History and Government from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from Yale University.
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