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 Sardonis is Associate Director for Programming and Development at the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and Science, Technology & Public Policy (STPP) Program. She directs the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership and her research focuses on the potential of cross-sector partnerships to meaningfully address complex environmental challenges such as climate change. She has a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University and a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College.Last Updated: Jan 9, 2023, 9:36am
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