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.”
Nathaniel L. Moir, Ph.D., is an Associate with the Applied History Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an affiliate with the Contemporary History Research Group at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and an Editor with the Journal of Applied History, published by Brill. He was formerly an Ernest May Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Policy at the Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard University from 2019 to 2021. Nate studies the history of modern Southeast Asia, Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Policy, and Security Studies with an emphasis on Information Operations. Hurst and Oxford University Press published his first book, Number One Realist: Bernard Fall and Vietnamese Revolutionary Warfare, in December 2021 (UK/Europe/Asia) and in April 2022 (North America). For more information about the Hurst release, please click here. For information about the Oxford University Press, click here.
Nate is currently working on several other projects and is developing a second book provisionally titled, Corresponding Conflicts: A Comparative History of the Korean and First Indochina Wars. His immediate research agenda includes an accepted peer-reviewed article, "To Each His Turn…Today Yours, Tomorrow Mine - Francois Sully's Turn in History," forthcoming in the Journal of American–East Asian Relations (Brill) and an invited article for the same journal, "Lead us not into Salvation, but Deliver us from Deliverance: The International Cooperation Administration’s delivery of U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Republic of Vietnam, 1957–1958." He has several short articles and reviews in progress and welcomes inquiries at his email address: email@example.com. Nate has published numerous articles and reviews in refereed and non-refereed journals, including the Journal of Applied History, Small Wars & Insurgencies, the National Defense University’s journal PRISM, Real Clear Defense, The National Interest, H-Net, Intelligence and National Security, Journal of Intelligence History, Michigan War Studies Review, Terrorism and Political Violence, and others.
Nate is a recipient of fellowships and funding provided by the Smith Richardson Foundation, The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library (Moody Research Grant), the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship), the Dirksen Congressional Research Center, the Clements Center at the University of Texas, the United States Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the United States Army Heritage Center and Education Center (General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant), the International and U.S. Commissions of Military History, the Society of Military History, and several grants and fellowships from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Nate is also a Major in the United States Army Reserve with military occupational specialties in Military Intelligence (earned at Fort Huachuca, Arizona) and Psychological Operations (earned through the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina). Commissioned through Officer Candidate School (Fort Benning, Georgia), he deployed to Afghanistan as a Psychological Operations Detachment Officer in 2010–2011. After his deployment to Afghanistan and before beginning graduate study in history, he worked from 2011 to 2013 as a Senior Research Analyst in the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Citizen-Soldier Award for Military Leadership (Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course Class 08-005 Honor Graduate), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and others.Last Updated: