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.”
Angela Chesler is a Research Fellow with the International Security Program in the Belfer Center and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where her research examines intersecting themes of political violence and environmental politics. Her dissertation, "Politics after Autonomy: Repression, Rebellion, and Revision," examines the unintended consequences of territorial regime change. In this project, Chesler challenges conventional wisdom that territorial self-governance is peace-promoting by demonstrating how and why national actors intervene violently in autonomous regions. Another facet of her research focuses on the politics and security consequences of environmental change, with publications in journals such as Climatic Change and Natural Hazards Review.
Chesler's research has received awards from the American Political Science Association and Environmental Peacebuilding Association and has been funded by organizations such as the Institute for Social research and International Peace Research Prize, among others. She received her B.S. in Economics and International Affairs from Georgia Tech and her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. She previously worked for the United States Institute of Peace.Last Updated: Jan 25, 2023, 12:06am