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.”
UN Special Envoy to Syria, Ambassador Staffan de Mistura, will discuss innovation in crisis response.
Ambassador Staffan de Mistura, long-serving Italian-Swedish diplomat was appointed UN Special Envoy for the Syria crisis by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon in June 2014, succeeding Lakhdar Brahimi.
His last appointment in Italian government was as Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the Italian cabinet headed by Mario Monti.
De Mistura's previous UN posts have included that of Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq (2007–2009) and Afghanistan (2010–2011), Personal Representative of the Secretary-General for Southern Lebanon (2001–2004), and Director of the UN Information Center in Rome (2000–2001). His work has taken him to many of the world's most volatile trouble-spots including Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and the former Yugoslavia.