War or Peace in Cyberspace: What It Means for You

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Cyberspace is a vital, if vulnerable, environment that is being subjected to significant “militarization”. At the same time, its importance for global society is increasingly evident. What are the prospects for cooperative security arrangements that would constrain state action in cyberspace?

Please join us to hear views from leading cyber security expert, Theresa Hitchens, on these issues, and have the opportunity to put your own questions forward. The conversation will be moderated by Bessma Momani.

About the speakers

Theresa Hitchens is a Senior Research Associate at CISSM, where she focuses on space security, cyber security, and governance issues surrounding disruptive technologies. Prior to joining CISSM, Hitchens was the director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva from 2009 through 2014. Among her activities and accomplishments at UNIDIR, Hitchens served as a consultant to the U.N. Group of Governmental Experts on Transparency and Confidence Building Measures in Outer Space Activities, provided expert advice to the Conference on Disarmament regarding the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS), and launched UNIDIR’s annual conference on cyber security. Read Theresa Hitchen’s full bio here.

Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a Senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Doha Centre, and has been Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center. She is a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and a Fulbright Scholar. Read Bessma Momani’s full bio here.


This event is co-sponsored by 

Canadian Pugwash Group
Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel University College
Project Ploughshares
The Simons Foundation

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