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.”
Andrew Porwancher is an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy and the Wick Cary Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches legal history. While at the Belfer Center, he will be completing his fourth book, Theodore Roosevelt and the Jews (under contract with Princeton University Press). His other books include The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2016), which is currently being adapted for the stage.
Porwancher previously held the Horne Fellowship at Oxford and the Garwood Fellowship at Princeton, as well as senior research fellowships at the Straus Center and the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2017, he won the Longmire Prize for innovation in teaching. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge and also holds degrees from Brown University and Northwestern University.Last Updated: Sep 2, 2021, 12:07pm