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.”
Kevin Klyman is a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he focuses on emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and US-China relations.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Kevin worked at the artificial intelligence lab of the United Nations Secretary-General, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance. Kevin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with highest honors in Political Science as well as a degree in Applied Mathematics. His senior thesis, which examined post-Cold War Sino-Mongolian relations, won the Owen D. Young Prize in International Relations. While he was at Berkeley, Kevin received the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship for his work to promote affordable housing in the Bay Area, and he served as the Co-President of the Debate Society of Berkeley.Last Updated: Dec 2, 2021, 4:12pm