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.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter became President of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank based in Washington in 2013. She was the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–11 she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by the State Department, for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She also received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–09, where she rebuilt the School's international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” (2004) and “The Idea That is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World” (2007), and over 100 articles. She was also the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. From 1994-2002, Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong professor of international, foreign, and comparative law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard.