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.”
Caileigh Glenn is a postdoctoral Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Her research interests include topics at the nexus of international security and international political economy.
Her research examines the political effects of the use of financial coercion, particularly the use of targeted sanctions. She is currently working on a book project, "The Financialization of Foreign Policy: Targeted Financial Sanctions, Vulnerability, and Government Retaliation," which identifies the conditions under which governments retaliate in response to the imposition of targeted sanctions on subnational actors. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Last Updated: Jan 31, 2023, 11:09pm