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.”
The Cyber Project fellowship is an opportunity for non-resident fellows from a variety of backgrounds (academic and professional) and sectors (government, nonprofit, industry, and academia) to pursue research related to the myriad cybersecurity and national/international security policy issues we face today. Such issues include international collaboration and conflict in cyberspace, domestic critical infrastructure protection, and the relationship between the public and private sectors, to name a few. Fellows are expected to craft their research plan with the approval of the Executive Director and produce analyses and commentary that contribute to the overall conversation.
The application period for non-resident research fellows is now open.