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.”
Graeme Thompson is an Ernest May Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His current research is focused on the history of British liberalism, imperialism, and grand strategy, Canadian foreign policy, and the dynamics of empire, globalization, and world order from the 19th century to the present.
Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Graeme was a policy analyst and speechwriter in the foreign policy planning division at Global Affairs Canada, where he worked on strategic policy, Canada-U.S. relations, and democracy and human rights issues. He earned his D.Phil. in global and imperial history at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a master's in the theory and history of international relations at the London School of Economics. Graeme has also held visiting academic positions at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and Massey College, University of Toronto.Last Updated: Sep 2, 2021, 12:12pm