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.”
Victoria Burnham joined the Belfer Center as a Project Coordinator for the Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP), where she supports the fellowship for technologists, investors, and policymakers to explore avenues for reducing societal harms and protecting public purpose values. Before Harvard, Victoria served as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC. Victoria has also worked on numerous political campaigns, including presidential, state, and local campaigns.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a master’s in International Relations of the Middle East from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Her master’s thesis focused on female jihad and included a comparative analysis of different causes of western women and MENA women joining the Islamic State.
Victoria has a passion for wellness and living abroad, and she has taught English in Taiwan and lived in Armenia, where she learned to speak Armenian fluently. Most recently, she spent the past year living in England, Nepal, and India, where she received a mindfulness certificate through Oxford University, attended the spiritual teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Northern India and received her 200-hours yoga teacher certification in the Himalayas.Last Updated: