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 Parent is the Impact and Outreach Coordinator for the Project on Managing the Atom. He also serves as Faculty Assistant for Prof. Matthew Bunn. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Matthew was an adjunct professor of political science at Clark University and the University of Connecticut, teaching courses related to international relations and security studies. Concurrently, Matthew also served as a graduate assistant and researcher at the Center for Judaic Studies at UConn.
He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, an MA in World Politics from the Catholic University of America, an MA in Political Science from UConn, a graduate certificate in Human Rights from UConn's Human Rights Institute, and is currently a PhD candidate at UConn writing a dissertation about perceptions of military technology.Last Updated: Jan 10, 2023, 4:23pm