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.”
Barath is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. He is a John F. Kennedy Fellow, a Belfer Young Leader and a Fulbright Scholar. Barath began his career in the Singapore Foreign Service. In addition to tracking the watershed 2016 US Presidential Election, he has worked on US-China strategic competition in areas spanning national security, trade and technology. These include tracking US-China tensions in the South China Sea, leading on WTO disputes between the US and China at the height of the US-China Trade War, as well as monitoring the US-China tech rivalry.
More recently, he spearheaded the development of deep-tech standards in areas straddling AI, Cybersecurity, IoT and Quantum Computing at Singapore’s largest economic agency. Barath was also a part of the founding team for the first and only pan-Asian trade association, where he advocated on a range of digital issues for its 3,000 members across 29 countries in Asia-Pacific.
Barath previously served in the Singapore Armed Forces, in its equivalent of the US Marine Corps, as a Captain and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political Science.Last Updated: Aug 5, 2022, 11:04am