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.”
Cameron Hickert is a former Research Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he focused on China’s artificial intelligence initiatives, U.S.-China relations, and security issues in East Asia.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Cameron studied as a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars. Previously, he was a researcher at the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and interned for the U.S. State Department in Vienna, where he provided on-site support at the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. He holds a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in international studies from the University of Denver.Last Updated: