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.”
While the plight of the polar bears gets global attention, there also needs to be more coverage of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic and the impact of climate change on their lives. Elizabeth Arnold and Alice Rogoff, who both live in Alaska, will provide first-hand journalistic and personal perspectives.
Elizabeth Arnold is a former NPR Political Correspondent, an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska, and the producer of arcticprofiles.com. She is a Spring, 2018 Joan Shorenstein fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.
For 20 years Arnold covered Congress, the White House, and the American West on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and PBS Washington Week. Arnold has received numerous awards, including a duPont Columbia Silver Baton and the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. Over the last decade, she has reported on the ecological and human impacts of global warming.
Alice Rogoff is Publisher and Editorial Director of “ArcticToday.com,” and former Publisher and owner of Alaska Dispatch News. Ms. Rogoff co-founded the international forum “Arctic Circle,” together with former President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland. Ms. Rogoff also chairs the Advisory Council of the Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian.
From 1985 to 1997, Ms. Rogoff was CFO of U.S News and World Report. Prior to that she was managing director of G. William Miller and Co., a Washington D.C investment firm “National Weekly Edition” of The Washington Post while working for Donald Graham, WaPost Publisher.
From 1978 to l980, Ms.Rogoff served in the Carter Administration at the Office of Management and Budget. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.