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.”
Dr. Maria Robson-Morrow is the Program Manager at the Intelligence Project. She worked as a global security intelligence analyst in the Canadian energy sector and then as an independent security intelligence consultant before returning to academia to study public-private intelligence cooperation. She earned a PhD in Political Science in 2021 from Northeastern University and holds a Master’s in Military and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary and a BA in International Relations, Economics, and History from the University of Toronto. Maria's research has been published in Intelligence and National Security, the Journal of Intelligence History, the Cipher Brief, and the Harvard Business Review.
Maria is an External Fellow at the International History Institute at Boston University, and teaches occasional courses in the Intelligence Analysis graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, including Research Design, Art and Practice of Intelligence, and Intelligence Tradecraft for the Private Sector.
Maria currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals. She previously served on the boards of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies and the North American Society for Intelligence History.Last Updated: