Borderless Wars: A Live Gray Zone Pathgame

A conversation with:
Antonia Chayes
Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law, Fletcher School
Tufts University

Scott DePasquale
Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Brian Michelson
US Army Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Ali Watkins
National Security Correspondent

The day's pathgame will tackle the scenario of a difficult-to-attribute cyberattack against Swedish infrastructures. It is 2017, the day before the new America president is sworn into office, and telephone service across Sweden is shut down. For forty-eight hours, no one can communicate via mobile phone. The attack is 99 percent attributable to Russia, but some doubt remains.

In the vacuum of public’s inability to communicate with authorities, violence ensues uninterrupted. At this point, the panel will enter the scenario. The interdisciplinary panel will look to understand how the United States and Europe will react to these events as they develop.
In her new book, Borderless Wars: Civil-Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty, Chayes examines the modern military-legal landscape of counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and cyber warfare – so called "gray zone" conflicts. These conflicts have thrown civilians and military into unaccustomed roles with inadequate legal underpinnings. Chayes provides solutions through role definition and transparency to help guide the United States to answer the question: how do we legally employ these new tools in these new circumstances?

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