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.”
HRH Abdulmajeed AlSaud recently obtained a joint degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, Abdulmajeed completed a culminating thesis entitled, Fueling Stability: Peace, Prosperity, and Energy Policy in Saudi Arabia and Beyond. He has conducted research at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and has been a member of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations since 2013, where he was a founder and is a board member of the organization’s Emerging Leaders Committee. Abdulmajeed is a member on several advisory boards such as The Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the Saudi Business Club in Boston. Abdulmajeed currently resides in Riyadh, where he is pursuing a career in public service/administration, with a focus on international energy policy and security. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.
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