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.”
Douglas Causey is an Associate of the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Principal Investigator of the DHS Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence. Previously, he was Senior Fellow of the Belfer Center and Senior Biologist at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. From 1995-2000, Doug represented the National Science Foundation (NSF) at organizational meetings leading to the formation of the Arctic Council and was NSF's Arctic Representative during the Gore-Chernomyrdin negotiations on US-Russian Science Policy.
An ecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, he has authored over two hundred publications on topics as diverse as the ecology of Arctic marine birds, high Arctic coastal systems, and bat-borne diseases. He has published extensively on policy issues related to the Arctic environment, Arctic environmental security, and bioterrorism and public health. His current environmental research examines the environmental correlates of climate change in the Arctic upon birds and mammals, its consequential impact on local and Indigenous people, and zoonotic disease. He and his students are actively conducting research in the Aleutian Islands, the northern Bering Sea, and Northwestern Greenland. He is co-lead of the Coastal Environment and People Working Group of the NSF-funded Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean (GRISO) Science Network.
His research with the Belfer Center focuses on the detailed examination of the nature of national and international security issues associated with the rapid environmental change in the Arctic. Two monographs on the dynamics of present and future consequences of climate change on Arctic and Polar international, social, and environmental security will be published in 2022.Last Updated: Jan 17, 2023, 10:09am