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.”
Anatol Klass is a doctoral candidate in the history department at UC Berkeley. His dissertation focuses on the campus experiences and subsequent careers of students in the Diplomacy Department at the Central Political Institute "(zhongyang zhengzhi xuexiao)", the Kuomintang's party school for civil service training.
His research follows these young bureaucrats from the classroom into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as they encountered new theories of international politics and then attempted to realize those ideas by transforming the institutions and practices of Chinese diplomacy. Many of these KMT-trained diplomats stayed in Mainland China after the founding of the People's Republic in 1949 and Anatol's dissertation traces the parallel careers of these former classmates on either side of the Taiwan Strait during the first decades of the Cold War as they put their shared training into practice in two very different political contexts.
Anatol conducted the research for this project as a Fulbright fellow in Taiwan and has also written for a general audience in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, ChinaFile, and SupChina.Last Updated: Sep 21, 2023, 5:20pm