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.”
Abdullah Alibrahim, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University. His research bridges disciplinary gaps between innovative engineering methods and pressing healthcare challenges to improve system design and performance.
Alibrahim holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC, 2017). He also has a masters degree in Operations Research Engineering from USC (2015), and a masters and bachelors degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2011 and 2010, respectively). He graduated from the Health Systems Engineering Lab at Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, focusing on applications of engineering and systems science in the health care domain.
His research employs Systems Engineering and Complexity Science approaches to healthcare system financing, design, and operations. This involves utilizing various tools and methods to study the healthcare system, its elements and connections. He specializes in computational simulation, advanced data analytics, and machine learning to inform the design of healthcare policies and processes.
Dr. Alibrahim has peer-reviewed publications on models informing health policy related to healthcare costs, competition, quality of care, and patient choice of providers. He presented at numerous international conferences in engineering, health management, and health policy. Dr. Alibrahim leads funded projects on assessing patient journeys across the cancer care continuum, the burden of non-communicable diseases on hospital systems, and geographical analyses of opioid use disorder treatment systems.
Dr. Alibrahim is a consultant at several research teams, including The Disparities in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs Research Team at the University of Chicago and the COSMIC Research Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He also consults for the Office of the Undersecretary of Planning at the Ministry of Health – Kuwait. He is a Research Fellow at the GeoHealth Lab in Dasman Diabetes Institute - Kuwait and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Middle East Centre in the London School of Economics (2019).