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.”
Jacqueline L. Hazelton is an International Security Program Associate for 2020–2021. She is an assistant professor in the department of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College.
Hazelton specializes in international security. Her research interests include grand strategy, military intervention, counterinsurgency, terrorism, and U.S. foreign and military policy. She received her Ph.D. from the Brandeis University Politics Department. Her B.A. and first M.A. are in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Her second M.A., also from Chicago, is in international relations. Her book, Bullets Not Ballots: Success in Counterinsurgency Warfare, is forthcoming in May 2021 with the Cornell University Press Studies in Security Affairs series. At the Belfer Center, Hazelton will be writing her second book, which is on the reasons why Western great powers sometimes set ambitious liberalizing goals for military interventions.Last Updated: Apr 16, 2021, 4:21pm