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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Max Castroparedes was a Research Assistant at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from September 2022-June 2023, where he worked with Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky in the Future of Diplomacy Project and supported the project’s research agenda, and coordinates events. His research interests include U.S. policy towards Russia and China, NATO, Asia-Pacific security, and key issues in great power competition like the Arctic, human rights, energy, and the Middle East.
Before joining the Belfer Center, he worked on a wide range of transnational security threats such as human, narcotics and arms trafficking at the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Senate. A proud native of Texas, he graduated from the University of Virginia with highest distinction in Foreign Affairs.Last Updated: Aug 9, 2023, 9:11am