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.”
Calvin Heng is an aspiring Arctic researcher and a recent graduate of Harvard’s Regional Studies—East Asia program. Deeply concerned about Arctic sustainability, he hopes to contribute his historical training by exploring ways through which Arctic peace could be restored and preserved.
At the Arctic Initiative, he was a research assistant for Postdoctoral Research Fellow Eyck Freymann. Their interdisciplinary work mainly involved applying historical methods and knowledge to better understand contemporary geopolitical and diplomatic issues with an eye to improving foreign policy approaches.Last Updated: Jun 30, 2023, 1:27pm