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.”
Nathalie Kiersznowski is a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she focuses on geoeconomics and Asia-Pacific security.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Nathalie worked at the World Bank, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Senate. Nathalie graduated from Stanford University with Honors and Distinction in Economics and Political Science. Her senior thesis, which examined the impact of U.S. targeted sanctions against non-state actors, won the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.Last Updated: Dec 2, 2021, 4:13pm