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.”
Antonia Juelich is an International Security Program Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center and a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research focuses on extremism, internal armed group dynamics, and displacement in Northeast Nigeria. Specifically, it examines how and why civilians cooperate with insurgents following violent occupation and abduction. Based on interviews with people who lived under Boko Haram’s control, it shows how diverse pathways of cooperation emerge from individuals' navigation of war zones that provide constraints and possibilities for civilian — and armed group — survival.
Antonia holds an M.Sc. in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Social Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin. She has worked for the United Nations, the German Corporation for International Development (GIZ), and non-governmental organizations.Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021, 8:01pm