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 Lynch is the Program Assistant for the International Security Program.
She received a B.S. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1984. Previously, she was an Operating Room pharmacy technician at Boston Medical Center. She has also worked as a freelance copy editor and proofreader for the Belfer Center Studies in International Security book series.Last Updated: