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.”
Karin Vander Schaaf is the Administrative Coordinator of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP), Executive Assistant to STPP Co-Director John P. Holdren, and provides faculty assistance to Professors Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Jim Waldo, Bruce Schneier, and Halla Hrund Logadottir. Her administrative responsibilities include financial management and budget oversight, logistics planning for conferences, seminars, and workshops, and working with the STPP and Environment and Natural Resources Program fellows on HKS administrative matters. She is passionate about the environment and is a co-chair of the HKS Green Team. She also serves on the HKS Joint Council and is an HUCTW representative for Harvard Kennedy School.
Vander Schaaf joined the Belfer Center after eleven years at Harvard Medical International where her role was Manager of Administrative Operations and Program Manager for the Dubai Healthcare City project. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from the Harvard Extension SchoolLast Updated: Jul 14, 2022, 12:59pm