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.”
Yifei "Liza" Xiao (she/her) is the Communications Intern at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Liza worked on communications for non-profit organizations that serve marginalized communities in Boston, Los Angeles and Shanghai. Passionate about cross-cultural communications and community building, she's dedicated to building a more inclusive society where all communities can thrive.
Liza holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communication from Emerson College with double minors in Digital Media & Culture and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies.