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.”
Leah Stokes’ research examines public policy, public opinion and political behavior, with a focus on energy, environment and climate change. Her forthcoming book Short Circuiting Policy (Oxford University Press) examines how interest groups have tried to weaken clean energy laws across the American states. Other ongoing projects include examining protests against energy infrastructure, political staff in Congress, environmentalists’ electoral participation, violence against environmental activists, and effective water conservation policy in California. To date, her research has been published in top journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Nature Energy, Energy Policy, and Environmental Science & Technology..
She has published articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN and elsewhere. Her research has been cited in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, The Toronto Star, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, National Geographic, NPR and CBC. She is frequently quoted in national media. Prior to academia, Leah worked at the Parliament of Canada and Resources for the Future. Leah is also the co-Chair of the Scholars Strategy Network’s Working Group on Energy & Climate. She is affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department at UCSB. She is also a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at John Hopkins SAIS and the University of Calgary School of Public Policy.