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.”
A seminar with Daniel Corstange, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Moderated by Tarek Masoud, MEI Faculty Chair and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, HKS.
Daniel Corstange is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His research focuses on clientelism, ethnic politics, international intervention, and mass political behavior in the Middle East. Much of this work revolves around fieldwork, surveys, and experiments. He is the author of The Price of a Vote in the Middle East (2016, Cambridge University Press) and numerous articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, World Politics, and numerous other academic journals.