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.”
Policy-makers and analysts point to the lack of mutual trust in U.S.-China nuclear relationship as an obstacle for deep cooperation on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation issues. But what does trust mean in their nuclear relationship? Does trust matter for bilateral cooperation on nuclear issues? If so, has any trust been built during their engagement and communication with each other over the past few decades? This presentation offers a preliminary analysis of these issues.
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