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.”
Jahi Wise is Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He was previously the Director (Acting) of the Office of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund a first of its kind $27 billion program designed to establish a national clean financing network. He joined EPA from the White House Climate Policy Office where he served as Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy and Finance. In this role, Jahi was a principal advisor to National Climate Advisors Gina McCarthy and Ali Zaidi on the development and implementation of the Biden-Harris Administration’s policies on climate finance, economic development, climate-related financial risk and equitable climate investment.
Prior to joining the Administration in January 2021, Jahi held various climate policy and finance related roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He also practiced law as an energy and infrastructure project finance attorney.
He received his J.D. and MBA from Yale Law School and Yale School of Management and his B.A. from Morehouse College.