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.”
Caitlin Chase is the former Project Coordinator for the Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She directs the project’s day-to-day operations, external partnerships, and event programming.
Caitlin manages the Recanati-Kaplan Fellowship at the Center, which brings together the next generation of intelligence leaders to Harvard for a full year in order to prepare them for increasing levels of responsibility in government, equip them with knowledge and tools for decision-making in crisis situations, and support their research to develop policy-relevant knowledge for the most pressing security issues.
She orchestrates the annual Elbe Group & Elbe Dialogue meetings, bringing senior retired military and intelligence flag officers from the United States and Russia together for an unprecedented three-day track 2 meeting.
She graduated from Duke University in 2016 with a B.A. in Public Policy and a Certificate in Markets and Management, where she focused on American Grand Strategy, U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, and Middle Eastern and Arabic studies. Before coming to the Belfer Center, Caitlin worked as a consultant for Cathartes Private Investments.Last Updated: