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.”
Patrick Hulme is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Security Program. His research and teaching interests include congressional-executive relations in U.S. foreign policy, constitutional law, deterrence theory, and the U.S.-China relationship. His book project explains how Congress has maintained strong influence over use of military force decisions in the era of the imperial presidency—and how the war powers have affected coercive credibility since 1945.
He was previously a Hans J. Morgenthau Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's International Security Center and a Summer Associate for the Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy at the RAND Corporation. He holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Chinese from the University of California, Davis, a J.D.—with a specialization in International and Comparative Law—from the UCLA School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California San Diego.Last Updated: