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.”
Tara Tyrrell was the Project Coordinator for the Homeland Security Project, whose work explores the challenges and choices surrounding the unique aspects of protecting the American homeland. She was also Project Coordinator for the Security and Global Health Project, which works to bring together leading security and global health policy experts and practitioners to generate policy recommendations to critical health-security nexus issues.
She has previously worked with Robert Putnam of the Saguaro Seminar, Jennifer Lerner of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, Roger Porter of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Muriel Rouyer of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
A graduate of Yale University and a native of Tennessee, Tara's passion for higher education's role in public service has inspired her to work with some of the most dedicated academics in the fields of sociology, economics, and national security.
She lives in Boston with her husband, Thomas Howard and her dog, Stella.Last Updated: Sep 23, 2021, 4:49pm
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