YPFP Events

Cyberspace, Conflict, and What It Means for You

February 20, 2014 06:30 pm


1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Room: BOB 500
Washington, DC
United States

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A generation ago, "cyberspace" was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, however, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. As this dependency has grown, so have the threats that endanger it. The challenges of cybersecurity and prospects of cyberwar are now linked to a host of critical policy issues: international relations, national security, economic stability, energy and infrastructure, transnational crime, state espionage, and individual privacy. These challenges affect everyone, and they will not be going away anytime soon.

Please join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Dr. Peter Singer, author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford), for a conversation about this critical subject. The book will be available for purchase at the event, and Dr. Singer will conduct a book signing following Q&A.

In Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Dr. Singer has penned the definitive resource text on the challenges of cybersecurity, cyberwar, and just what these things mean to you. Structured around answering key questions of the cyber age (“How does it work? Why does it matter? What can we do?”) Dr. Singer’s book has been described by the Chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as the “most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world.”

Dr. Singer is a senior fellow and director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He is the youngest scholar named senior fellow in Brookings's 95-year history. He has been named by CNN to their "New Guard" List of the Next Generation of Newsmakers, by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 “leading innovators in the nation,” by the Turner Broadcasting series "26 People to Save the World," by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues and by Foreign Policy magazine to their “Top 100 Global Thinkers List” whose ideas most influenced the world that year.

Dr. Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He was named by the President to the U.S. Military’s Transformation Advisory Group. He is a columnist for Armed Forces Journal and has written for media outlets that range from the Newsweek to Weltpolitik. He has been quoted in every major U.S. newspaper and news magazine and delivered talks at venues ranging from the U.S. Congress to over 60 universities around the world. He has provided commentary on military affairs for nearly every major TV and radio outlet, including ABC-Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS-60 Minutes, CNN, FOX, NPR, and the NBC Today Show. Dr. Singer has also served as advisor and consultant to a series of entertainment programs, including The West Wing, 24, Curiosity, and the best-selling Call of Duty and Metal Gear Solid videogame franchises.

Dr. Singer is previously the author of Wired for War (Penguin), which examined the implications of 21st century robotics and other new technologies in the fields of war, politics, ethics, and law. Described as “awesome” by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, Wired for War made the NY Times non-fiction bestseller list in its first week of release. It was named a non-fiction Book of the Year by The Financial Times and featured at venues as diverse as all three US military academies, the US Congress, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, TED, and the royal court of the UAE. Dr. Singer is also the author of Children at War (Pantheon) and Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press).

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World in the Saban Center at Brookings, where he was a founding organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global leaders conference. He has also worked for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a BA from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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