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.”
Speaker: Charli Carpenter, Research Fellow, International Security Program
What do Americans really think about the noncombatant immunity norm? Charli Carpenter presents findings from her ongoing research project on U.S. public opinion on civilian immunity and on the nuclear taboo, showing that norms are both stronger and more fragile than scholars believe.
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