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.”
Nathan Levine was a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he studied Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. defense policy.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Nathan was a research intern at The Scowcroft Group, and previously interned with the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program. Nathan earned a MA in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service, where he collaborated with the Defense Intelligence Agency to produce an unclassified report on Chinese economic and national security interests in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also holds a BA in Asian Studies and Political Science from the University of Vermont.Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020, 3:39pm