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.”
As tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs continue to grow, this panel will discuss another aspect of state power: cyber capabilities. Each country has different views on how it, and how others, can use these cyber weapons as tools of hard power.
Please join us in Nye A for a panel discussion with Michael Sulmeyer, Ben Buchanan, Fiona Cunningham, and David Sanger.