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.”
Natalia Angel is the former Program Coordinator for the National Security Fellowship in the Defense Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Natalia worked for a London-based strategic communications company responsible for advancing British national security interests. Over the course of her career, Natalia has managed operations across the globe including Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa.
While at the Belfer Center, Natalia’s portfolio included an array of mission-critical management responsibilities and activities from coordinating the National Security fellows' day-to-day operations, external partnerships, communications, event programming and supporting the fellows as Harvard’s principal liaison. Additionally, she played an active and engaging role in fostering critical discussion and exchanges between fellows throughout the year with a particular interest in U.S.-China relations, Strategic Competition, Middle East policy, U.S. foreign policy, and unpacking current and future trends across the international security space.
Natalia directed monthly Defense Project seminars, curating a robust speaker series of visiting senior military officers and DoD civilian leaders. This initiative links defense professionals with Belfer researchers, faculty, and Harvard Kennedy School students, to facilitate better policymaking in the field and enrich the education of fellows and students about national security issues.Last Updated: