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.”
Matthew Feldstein is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School with a planned concentration in International and Global Affairs. Prior to attending HKS, he attended Gettysburg College where he studied Political Science and Public Policy. His research focused on U.S. involvement in the Middle East and national security decision-making.
His professional work has mostly focused on nuclear security and nonproliferation, working for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Transportation Security Group within the Nuclear Nonproliferation division. He has also served as a Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership, where he conducted research regarding presidential history and foreign policy decision-making.Last Updated: Nov 9, 2022, 10:42am