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.”
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project will deliver a lecture on the future of democratization following the Arab Spring.
Ambassador Fahmy is the founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Cairo. He is also the Chair of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ Middle East Project. As of September 1, 2008 he has been Ambassador at Large at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. He served as Ambassador of Egypt to the United States from 1999-2008. He also served as Egypt’s Ambassador to Japan from September 1997-September 1999 and before that as the Political Advisor to Egypt's Foreign Minister from 1992-97. Dr. Fahmy has held numerous posts in the Egyptian Government since 1974.
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy is a career diplomat, who has played an active role in the numerous efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, as well as in international and regional disarmament affairs. He headed the Egyptian delegation to the Middle East Peace Process Steering Committee in 1993 and the Egyptian delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Regional Security and Arms Control emanating from the Madrid Peace Conference from December 1991. Over the years, Ambassador Fahmy has been a member of the Egyptian Missions to the United Nations (Disarmament and Political Affairs) in Geneva and New York. He was elected Vice Chairman of the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Affairs of the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly in 1986. From 1999 until 2003, he was also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board of Disarmament Matters, and he served as the board chairman in 2001.
Ambassador Fahmy received his bachelor of science degree in Physics/Mathematics and his master of arts in management, both from the American University in Cairo. He also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Monterey Institute of International Studies which is an affiliate of Middlebury College in May 2009.