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.”
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Katrina Ponti is an Ernest May Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center's International Security Program and Applied History Project. Her book project, Virtuous Emulations of Liberty, is a history of how American citizen diplomats created strategies to help shape a global environment favorable to U.S. interests and how they created a previously unseen type of democratic diplomacy at the beginning of the long nineteenth century, 1780–1820.
Katrina received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, she received a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State University and her M.A. in history from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has explored the interaction between history and policy through her participation in the Morgenthau fellowship at the Notre Dame International Security Center, as well as a Fulbright fellowship with the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. She is also a Junior Scholar at the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network at the Kissinger Center at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
In addition to her historical research, Katrina is trained as an archaeologist. In the summer she can often be found on Bermuda helping to excavate Jamestown's sister colony.Last Updated: