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.”
Karen Harris is the Managing Director of Bain & Company’s Macro Trends Group, out of the New York office. The Bain Macro Trends Group (MTG) is the capability group for developing Bain’s insights about global macroeconomics, macro social trends and geopolitics as they impact the results of Bain’s clients. The group’s proprietary research includes work on trends driving global growth in GDP and in capital markets, as well as specific geographic analyses (including China, the United States, and the Eurozone), which it uses to help clients understand the potential impact of the volatile global environment on their businesses. She frequently works with institutional investors to embed macro strategy into their investment strategy and due diligence.
Karen has an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She graduated with honors from Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Relations.
Karen is regularly featured in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Economic Times of India, Caijing China, and CEO Forum Australia, Bloomberg and FOX Television.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and the Economics Club of New York. She is on the external advisory board of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering program. She also serves on the Board of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit which partners with local communities in developing countries to build schools, focusing on early education, high potential females, and building young leadership at home and abroad.
Karen’s membership in the International Council is financially supported by Bain & Co.Last Updated: Mar 15, 2021, 5:25pm