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 Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellows Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School educates the next generation of thought leaders in national and international intelligence and supports their research to develop policy-relevant knowledge for the most pressing security issues.
Since 2012 the Belfer Center has hosted a small, select group of active intelligence officers from the US and foreign intelligence services for a full academic year of study at Harvard University. The purpose of the fellowship is to help prepare the next generation of intelligence leaders for positions of increasing responsibility when they return to their organizations. In return, fellows bring a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to the University. Under the leadership of the Center’s Co-Directors Ash Carter and Eric Rosenbach and the Director of Intelligence Project Paul Kolbe, the Recanati-Kaplan Fellows develop a course of study and a research focus that suits their needs and meets the fellowship’s main goals of learning the tools of applied history, strengthening their skills and knowledge base, and preparing for senior leadership roles in the intelligence community.
The fellows are personally nominated by the Director of their government agency, and are from the senior or emerging leader ranks of their organization, including officials from both the analytical and operational fields, who will be required to help form policy responses in crises situations. The 2022-2023 cohort comprises 16 fellows from 9 different countries and 13 different intelligence agencies.