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.”
Sophie Amalie Faaborg-Andersen is a second-year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to graduate school, Sophie spent five years at The MITRE Corporation’s National Security Engineering Center (NSEC) as a technical intelligence analyst focusing on topics related to strategic competition and applied artificial intelligence. Her research interests include open-source intelligence, military applications of emerging technologies, and national security policy.
Sophie received a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2018. She speaks Danish, French, and Spanish.Last Updated: Aug 5, 2022, 11:58am