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.”
Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.
His research focuses on international relations theory, Post Soviet politics, and nationalism. Snyder's publications include From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (Norton Books 2000); Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (Cornell 1991); The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914 (Cornell 1984); and Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention, which he coedited with Barbara Walter (Columbia 1999). His articles on such topics as anarchy and culture, democratization and war, alliances, and Russian foreign relations have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, International Security, and World Politics.
Snyder received his BA from Harvard University, his certificate from the Russian Institute at Columbia University, and his PhD also from Columbia University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Snyder has served as the director of the Master in International Affairs Program at Columbia's School of International Affairs. In addition, he is a coeditor of Perspectives on Politics, a member of the editorial board of the American Political Science Review, and a member of the governing council of the American Political Science Association. He also edits the W. W. Norton book series on world politics.Last Updated: