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.”
James H. Stock is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research areas are empirical macroeconomics, monetary policy, econometric methods, and energy and environmental policy. He has substantial experience in the field of energy and environmental policy and is a key figure in the University’s climate and sustainability efforts.
As Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Stock leads the development of a coordinated University-wide strategy to address climate change, bringing greater focus, clarity, and visibility to Harvard’s extraordinary breadth of work on climate and sustainability. Partnering with faculty, researchers, students, and staff around the University, Stock marshals and amplifies Harvard's efforts to bridge disciplines and tackle the cross-cutting challenges presented by climate change.
He received a M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Co-Editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and is a coauthor of a leading introductory econometrics textbook and is a member of various professional boards. He previously served as Managing Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics from 1992-2003, as Chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2007-2009, as Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2009-2012, and as Member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014.Last Updated: