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.”
Qinyu Qiao is a former predoctoral fellow at Belfer Center with the Environment and Natural Resources Program. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Automotive Strategy Research Institute, Tsinghua University. He received his Bachelor's degrees of engineering and economics from Tsinghua University.
His research focuses on energy and environment issues related to new energy vehicles. He previously conducted research for the central government of China with Professor Fuquan (Frank) Zhao, President Elect (2018-2020) of FISITA (International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies).