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.”
Susan E. Rice most recently served as Domestic Policy Advisor to President Joe Biden from January 2021 to May 2023. Previously, Rice was President Obama’s National Security Advisor and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2009-2017, and a member of the Cabinet. She is the only person to have served in the White House as both National Security Advisor and Domestic Policy Advisor.
During the Clinton Administration she was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, as well as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs and Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping at the National Security Council. Rice began her career as a management consultant and worked for several years at the Brookings Institution as a Senior Fellow. Rice received her B.A. in History from Stanford University with honors and her master’s degree and doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. A native of Washington, DC, she is married and has two grown children.