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.”
Since 1990, Dr. Li has been working on various arms control issues including space arms control, nuclear test ban, missile defenses, deep nuclear reductions, and Chinese-U.S. nuclear relations. He has published many papers on arms control issues in Chinese and international journals. His book, Arms Control Theories and Analysis will be published by Peking University Press. Professor Li is on the editorial boards of Science and Global Security and Nonproliferation Review and on the boards of China Arms Control and Disarmament Association and China-U.S. People's Friendship Association.
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