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.”
Etel Solingen is the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies and recent Chancellor's Professor at the University of California Irvine. She served as president of the International Studies Association, Chair of the Steering Committee of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, president of ISA's International Political Economy Section and the American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section, and member of the APSA's presidential Taskforce on U.S. Standing in World Affairs. Her book Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East (Princeton University Press 2007) received the APSA's Woodrow Wilson award for the best book published in 2008 on government, politics, or international affairs, and the APSA's Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Award for best book on International History and Politics. She received a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award on Peace and International Cooperation, Social Science Research Council–MacArthur Foundation Fellowship on Peace and Security in a Changing World, Social Science Research Council/Japan Foundation Abe Fellowship, Center for Global Partnership/Japan Foundation fellowship, APSA Excellence in Mentorship Award, and Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Irvine's Academic Senate, among others.
Solingen also authored Regional Orders at Century's Dawn: Global and Domestic Influences on Grand Strategy (Princeton U. Press 1998), Industrial Policy, Technology, and International Bargaining (Stanford U. Press 1996), and Comparative Regionalism (Routledge 2014); edited Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nuclear Proliferation (Cambridge U. Press 2012), Scientists and the State (U. of Michigan Press 1994) and co-edited the special presidential issue of International Studies Review (2014). Her articles on international relations theory, political economy, international and regional security, international institutions, democratization, and science and technology appeared in International Security, American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Global Governance, Review of International Studies, Journal of Democracy, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and New Political Economy, among others. She serves in various editorial boards and was Review Essay Editor for International Organization.Last Updated: