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.”
Amanda Pearson is Deputy Editor of International Security. In this role, she manages the editing and production of articles accepted for publication to the journal. She collaborates with authors, making substantive comments and contributions to their articles. She also oversees the journal’s relationships with the typesetter and MIT Press.
From 2000 to 2010 she was the publications manager at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. While there, she edited ten 100-page annual reports, twenty 16-page newsletters, and 30 working papers. She was the rapporteur for a three-day conference in France on the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy, authoring a 20-page report on the conference proceedings. She also spearheaded the Center’s logo redesign, and was the editor of the book, In Theory and in Practice: Harvard’s Center for International Affairs, published by Harvard University Press.
Before coming to the Belfer Center, she was a freelance academic editor working with scholars on books and journal articles on international relations and comparative politics. She has edited a dozen academic books published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, and University of California Press, and she has edited journal articles that have been published in World Politics, African Affairs, Journal of Political Economy, and the American Journal of Political Science.
After receiving her undergraduate degree and studying abroad in Kenya, she was a research assistant in the African Studies department at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Amanda received a B.A. in government from St. Lawrence University, an M.Sc. in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, and an M.PH. in global health from George Washington University.Last Updated: May 10, 2022, 9:25am