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.”
Sharon Wilke is the current Associate Director of Communications.
As a communications consultant prior to joining the Belfer Center, she organized and directed publicity and outreach campaigns, coordinated media coverage and produced a range of publications and written materials for corporate and non-profit clients, including the HKS-based Council of Women World Leaders. Previously, she headed the national outreach department at WGBH Educational Foundation’s Descriptive Video Service and has worked as an English teacher, newspaper reporter and television host. She holds a M.A. in Communications from the University of Washington.Last Updated: