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.”
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Dr. Zhenyu Li is an associate of the Water-Energy Nexus project in the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. Before joining the Belfer Center, Zhenyu was a research scientist in Water Desalination and Reuse Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
His research focuses on the application of innovative membrane technology and renewable energy for water desalination and reuse. He holds a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019, 5:06pm