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.”
Justin Key Canfil is a postdoctoral fellow with the International Security Program. His research agenda examines the impact of emerging technologies on international security, international law, and arms control. Dr. Canfil has special interest in applying experimental, computational, and mixed methods to the study of law and technology, especially in the context of cyberspace.
His book project explains why certain technologies are more disruptive to international institutions, and how political decisionmakers — and their lawyers — navigate these emergent controversies in a changing world. A China Fulbright recipient, he received a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.Last Updated: Aug 8, 2022, 2:28pm