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.”
Monica Achen is the Publications Coordinator for International Security and the Belfer Center Studies in International Security book series. She also served in this role from 2013 to 2018.
She has previously worked as a freelance academic editor and as a project manager. She has edited more than twenty books for Cornell University Press and University of Nebraska Press as well as articles appearing in World Politics, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and International Politics.