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.”
With the entire world waiting for the American people to pick their next Commander and Chief, the stakes are high. The candidates for President of the United States have presented what seems like contrasting visions for U.S. foreign policy. But is U.S. foreign policy really so malleable that one single person can dramatically change course, even if President?
Join Ambassador (Ret.) Derek Shearer and Professor Stephen Walt to discuss the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections and what is at stake from a foreign policy perspective.
Ambassador Derek Shearer is the Stuart Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs and heads the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College. Ambassador Shearer served in the Clinton Administration in the Commerce Department, and then as Ambassador to Finland. He is the author of several books and publications, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune.
Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs and is Faculty Chair of the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he served as Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. He serves on the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and Journal of Cold War Studies, and as Co-Editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, published by Cornell University Press.