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.”
Augusta Dell'Omo is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in U.S. foreign policy and race in international relations from the late Cold War to the present. Augusta's dissertation, "Saving Apartheid: Trans-Atlantic Whiteness in the U.S.-South African Relationship, 1980–1994" analyzes the construction of a transnational network of white supremacist political, religious, and terroristic organizations seeking to stabilize white rule in South Africa while working against Congressional and Presidential sanctions policies from 1980–1994. Focusing on political extremism, religion, African politics, and public history, Augusta is a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security and the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). She is an Ernest May Predoctoral Fellow in History and Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for 2020–2021.
Her work has been published in Cold War History and forthcoming in Diplomatic History and is supported by the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Clements Center for National Security, among others. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post and Rant Media.
A public historian, Augusta served as a co-host, content creator, and technical director of 15 Minute History, a history podcast for history buffs, educators, and students with over 100,000 subscribers through the University of Texas at Austin. She is now the Digital Content Director for CARR and producer of the new podcast Right Rising, informing public audiences on the historical and contemporary activities of the far right. She graduated with highest distinction and highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. 2016).Last Updated: Feb 9, 2021, 2:37pm