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.”
Cecilia Han Springer is an Associate and former postdoctoral research fellow with the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. She is currently a Senior Researcher with the Global China Initiative at Boston University's Global Development Policy Center.
Cecilia studies the economic and environmental impacts of China’s energy policies. As a fellow at the Belfer Center, her research focused on the Belt and Road Initiative. Cecilia holds a PhD and MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in environmental science from Brown University.Last Updated: Sep 7, 2021, 10:29am