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 Politics of Energy Transitions: From the Oil Crises to Climate Change
The emerging transition to clean energy is highly political—it imposes costs on some producers and consumers, while offering benefits to others. In this seminar, Jonas Meckling examines the conditions under which policymakers can adopt costly policies to drive transformative change in the energy system. He draws on government responses to the 1973 oil crisis to identify political varieties of energy transitions. Meckling will discuss important implications for the political opportunities and constraints for clean energy transitions.