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.”
Jung Jae Kwon is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT's Department of Political Science and Security Studies Program. He is currently a Stanton Nuclear Security Research Fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research interests broadly include nuclear security, deterrence, and security affairs in Asia. His doctoral dissertation examines how America's non-nuclear allies contribute to deterrence and generate deterrent effects through non-nuclear means.
Prior to joining MIT, Jung Jae received his M.A. in Politics and International Relations from the Yenching Academy of Peking University in China. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government. As a citizen of the Republic of Korea, Jung Jae served in the Republic of Korea Army for two years, which included a tour to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).Last Updated: