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.”
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Anthony Wier serves the Project on Managing the Atom as a Research Associate. Prior to coming to the Project, he was a participant in the Presidential Management Internship (PMI) program, serving as a Program Examiner in the International Affairs Division of the Office of Management and Budget. In that capacity, he performed program and budget oversight on the State Department's nonproliferation, arms control, and verification and compliance efforts, as well as represented the International Affairs Division in interagency working groups on various nonproliferation and arms control matters. He has a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio.
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