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.”
Elizabeth Hanlon is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. She provides communications, event, and research project coordination support for both programs, including the Arctic Initiative.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Hanlon worked in communications and event planning in the publishing and sustainable development fields, both in her home state of Massachusetts and abroad. She is also the translator of several Chinese science fiction novellas and short stories. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Asian Studies from Tulane University.Last Updated: Jul 14, 2022, 1:00pm