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.”
Denia Djokić is an Associate and former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a former Visiting Research Fellow at the Program for Science, Technology and Society, both at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is broadly interested in governance of nuclear energy technology, and her current research explores topics in responsibility and liability in the context of severe nuclear accidents. Her past research has encompassed issues in radioactive waste management and advanced fuel cycle systems analysis.
Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Denia worked as an advisor on issues in policy and governance of science, technology and innovation for the government of Ecuador. She holds an MS and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering with a Designated Emphasis in Energy Science and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a US Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Graduate Student Fellow. She also holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.Last Updated: Jan 4, 2021, 4:23pm