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.”
Dr. Eisa Al Nashmi is the Kuwait Visiting Research Fellow at the Middle East Initiative for the Spring 2022 semester. He is an associate professor of digital media in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Kuwait University.
While at the Middle East Initiative, Dr. Al Nashmi will conduct research pertaining to the effectiveness of crisis communication strategies utilized by the Kuwaiti government during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with an analysis of the post-crisis policy transitions regarding such communication strategies.
Dr. Al Nashmi received his PhD in new media from the University of Florida in 2011. His research interests include digital journalism, mass communication education, media ethics and political communication. Dr. Al Nashmi’s research has been published in highly revered academic journals relating to media studies, including International Communication Gazette, Journal of International Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, and Digital Journalism, where he also serves on the editorial board.Last Updated: