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.”
Jay Mens is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and is Executive Director of the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum, where he runs the Recanati-Kaplan Applied History Initiative. He also directs Middle East research at Greenmantle LLC, a macroeconomic and geopolitical advisory firm.
Jay has written about international relations, past and present, for numerous popular and academic publications. He is currently finishing his first book, an applied intellectual and diplomatic history of the Israel-Iran Conflict. During his fellowship, Jay will work on a new project on the enduring intellectual and geopolitical legacy of the Eastern Question (c.1800-1914) and its lessons for U.S. Middle East policy. He holds a B.A. in Politics with Double First Class honours and an M.Phil. in History, both from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in French, German, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi.Last Updated: Sep 18, 2023, 10:52pm