Borderless Wars: A Live Gray Zone Pathgame

November 14, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

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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Antonia Chayes is professor of practice in International Politics and Law at the Fletcher School. She taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Law School. Chayes was vice chair of Conflict Management Group (CMG), an international nonprofit dispute resolution organization. She mediated corporate disputes for JAMS/Endispute. As board member of United Technologies Corporation for 21 years, she chaired its Public Issues Review Committee, and served on its Executive Committee until retiring in 2002. During the Carter Administration she was assistant and later, under secretary of the US Air Force, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. She has served on several Federal Commissions, including the Vice President’s White House Aviation Safety and Security Commission, and the Commission on Roles and Missions of the United States Armed Forces. She has also practiced law in a Boston law firm. 

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She was honored with the Radcliffe Alumnae Award in recognition of her career of distinguished service. She is the author of a number of books and articles. Her new book Borderless Wars: Civil-Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty, published by Cambridge University Press, received a 2016 PROSE award in the law category of the American Society of Publishers: Before that, The New Sovereignty (Harvard U. Press 1995) with Abram Chayes has been often used and cited academically. 

She received her BA from Harvard (Radcliffe), attended Yale Law School, and received the JD from George Washington University. She is the mother of five; grandmother of nine, with one great granddaughter and widow of the late Abram Chayes, professor of law at Harvard.