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.”
Cybersecurity is national security, but it is not solely a federal government or defense responsibility. Myriad actors across the cyber ecosystem are vital to our collective security. As our dependence on information technology grows, so does the challenge of keeping networks secure in the private and public sectors. We aim to help policymakers better understand conflict in cyberspace, how to best defend against it across the ecosystem, and the current and emerging technologies our adversaries can exploit. We also address cybersecurity issues more holistically, such as protecting critical infrastructure, information sharing, navigating the tradeoffs between privacy and security, and workforce and diversity issues.
This fellowship is unpaid and nonresident, but provides opportunities to write publish, speak, and interact with leading experts. Practitioners, policymakers, and academics are all encouraged to apply as we believe that it’s important to consider a wide range of policy research areas from the public (federal, state, local) and private sectors. We are intentionally seeking diversity in race, gender, experience, education, and thought, so if you are interested and have some great ideas, please apply!
The Cyber Project Fellowship does not offer a stipend.
- CV/ Resume
- Unofficial transcript (predoctoral fellow applicants only)
- Research statement (no more than 2 pages)
- This statement should articulate your idea and plan for your proposed research.
- A cover letter describing why you want to be considered for the fellowship.
- Contact information for 1 recommender submitting a letter upon your behalf.