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.”
Professor (emeritus) of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
He is currently Director of Institute of Security Policy (ISP), China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation (CNISCO) in Shanghai. He holds an academic chair at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law.
He is also founder of Strategic Compass Dialogues (SCD), a Track II forum of US-China, EU-China, US-EU-US. He is Director of EU-China Strategic Dialogue at the Schumann Center, Europe University Institute, Florence and visiting scholar at the Elliott School, George Washington University.
He was former Henry A. Kissinger Chair of Foreign Policy at the Library of Congress. A graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai, he has a PhD from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He held chairs at Fudan, East China Normal University and Foreign Affairs University. He was Olin Fellow at Yale University and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund. His main interest is Chinese relations with US and EU, with 4 books in English and 6 in Chinese. His most recent book, The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics--A new interpretation offers a criticism of both western democratic theories and Chinese political rhetoric, and debunks liberal international order.Last Updated: