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.”
Anton V. Khlopkov, will discuss the current status of and future of US-Russian Nuclear Cooperation in an off-the-record seminar on Friday, October 21.
Anton V. Khlopkov is the founding director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) and Editor-in-Chief of Nuclear Club journal. He is a Member of Advisory Board of the Russian Security Council, Member of the Multilateral Study Group on the Establishment of a Ballistic Missile Free Zone in the Middle East/Gulf , Member of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS, London), Member of Editorial Board of Security Index journal. From 2000 to 2009 he has worked for the PIR Center (Center for Policy Studies in Russia), including as Deputy Director (2003-2007) and Executive Director (2007-2009). In 2001-2002, he worked as a Member of the Working Group on Nonproliferation and Export Control of the Partnership for Peace Consortium. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Encyclopedia (2009). Co-author of the monographs: “At the Nuclear Threshold: The Lessons of North Korea and Iran for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime” (2007); Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction Guidebook (2006); Cooperation for Global Security (2002); Nuclear Nonproliferation in Russian-American Relations: History, Opportunities and Outlook (2000); author of the monograph Iran's Nuclear Program in Russian-American Relations (2001).