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.”
Students from Harvard will connect virtually with students at Luleå University for a discussion about the case of Kiruna, a town in Northern Sweden that is relocating because of subsidence due to mining and climate change.
Students will have an opportunity to play the role of various decision-makers in the town, and discuss how they would handle the public policy challenge of town relocation. Experts from Sweden and the town of Kiruna will provide context for the case discussion and share their real-life experience of how this experiment in resilience is playing out.
Some case preparation work is required as Harvard students will be paired with students from Luleå University to come up with their teams strategy to deal with the sinking town in advance of the Oct. 2 Zoom session.
Apply to be part of this unique case discussion opportunity by Monday, September 28, 2020, so you can be matched with your international team.