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.”
Cassandra Favart is Faculty Assistant to Professor Meghan L. O’Sullivan at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is also the Project Coordinator for the Geopolitics of Energy Project, which explores the intersection of energy, security, and international politics.
Previously, she worked as a lab manager at Harvard University’s Department of Psychology. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology, with honors, and a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and Management, with a subconcentration in Organizational Behavior.Last Updated: Apr 5, 2019, 9:12am