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.”
Join us for a talk with Yoram Peri, Director of the Institute of Israel Studies, University of Maryland, as he discusses the implications on Israel's future should the current round of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians fail. By the end of 2014, he argues, Israel will be closer than ever to an historic cross road, and the decision that its leaders take will determine its future for years to come.
This event is cosponsored by the Middle East Forum, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
About Yoram Peri:
Prof Yoram Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the new Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the University of Maryland at College Park.
A former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, founder and former head of Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society and professor of Political Sociology and Communication at Tel Aviv University, and former Editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar.
Professor Peri, who earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, has held numerous prestigious positions, such as visiting professorships at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, senior fellowship at the Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv University, senior fellowship at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, Fulbright scholar at the American University’s School of International Service, and other institutions.
Professor Peri published extensively on Israeli society, media and politics and since 2011 he is also the editor of Israel Studies Review, the flagship academic journal of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS). His latest book, Generals in the Cabinet Room was published in May 2006 by the United States Institute of Peace. The book has been selected as an outstanding book and as one of the best of the best by the Association of American University Press, in 2007.
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