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.”
Raleigh Browne is a Research Assistant at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he works with Graham T. Allison’s Applied History Project to develop and advocate historically-grounded approaches to foreign policy.
Before joining the Belfer Center, Browne worked as the Research Director for the 66th Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. With a background principally in Classics (Greek & Latin) and Arabic, Browne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, and his policy interests traverse the Middle East, nuclear weaponry, and cultural preservation. In 2020, he contributed to the development of the Biden campaign's Middle East foreign policy platform as a policy volunteer.Last Updated: Feb 16, 2021, 9:37pm