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.”
Félix Dequidt is a French scholar pursuing his Master’s thesis at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs under the supervision of Dr. Nicola De Blasio. His research focuses on low-carbon hydrogen exchanges in the context of the Inflation Reduction Act.
With a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), including a year at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), Dequidt is now in the final stages of his Master’s degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), specializing in energy and sustainable development. During his time there, he had the opportunity to conduct research on hydrogen production from biomass gasification at EMPA. He also gained practical experience through a 7-months CO2 capture data analyst internship at Climeworks and a subsequent 5-months role at Aktio as a carbon consultant.
These experiences further broadened Dequidt's perspective on the multiple aspects associated with tackling the climate crisis, reinforcing his commitment to making a lasting impact on this global challenge.