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.”
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, and a senior non-resident fellow at Hudson Institute. His work focuses on Middle Eastern foreign policy issues.
He is the former editor-in-chief of Al Arabiya English, the digital English language service of the largest pan-Arab free-to-air regional news network. He is a senior research fellow at the Gulf Research Centre and was a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. His analysis has been published by the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, and the Royal United Services Institute in London. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, and The Independent among other outlets. He has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CNN and CNBC, among other outlets.
Alyahya has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in political science with a concentration on international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.Last Updated: