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.”
Clara is an Associate and former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP). Her empirical research is on the economics of energy decarbonization, while considering interrelated policy priorities such as economic growth.
Clara’s research touches upon several topics related to the economics of energy decarbonization, including government support for energy RD&D, the effects of renewable power sector policies, the economics of carbon-neutral technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration, and the trade of natural resources and materials used in energy technologies (like cobalt, lithium, and rare earth elements). Since prevailing statistical and econometric studies on these topics tend to focus on high-income or OECD countries, she takes a broad geographical view to better understand the developments and challenges of energy decarbonization in a wide set of countries.
Clara has several years of full-time research and operational experience in macroeconomics, renewable energy policy, and commodities markets at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, based in the Center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG), Department of Land Economy. She also holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina and a B.S in Climate Change and Energy Economics and Policy from Georgetown and Stanford Universities.Last Updated: