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.”
Ambassador Marc Grossman is a Vice Chair of The Cohen Group in Washington, D.C. He had a distinguished 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, including serving as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001-2005); Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2000-2001); Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997-2000); and U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997). Ambassador Grossman returned to the State Department in 2011-2012 to serve as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He rejoined The Cohen Group in 2013.
Ambassador Grossman is Chair of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and a Trustee of both the UC Santa Barbara Foundation and the C&O Canal Trust.
Marc Grossman was a 2010-2011 Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Grossman has held a series of seminars with Kennedy School graduate students on Middle East Peace negotiations, including negotiation simulations.Last Updated: Nov 16, 2020, 10:46am