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 the Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Acting Director for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Wise was previously a Special Assistant to President Biden for Climate Policy and Finance in the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. Prior to joining the White House, Jahi served in a variety of roles at the intersection of equitable clean energy finance, law and policy.
Wise holds JD and MBA degrees from Yale Law School and Yale School of Management, where he studied clean energy finance. He is particularly interested in developing financial vehicles that enable the deployment of energy efficiency technologies in low- to moderate-income communities. Before enrolling at Yale, Wise worked as a community organizer in Washington, D.C. where he devised and led campaigns around green job creation, affordable housing and education. He has a BA in Political Science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.