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.”
Dr. Kaveri Iychettira is a former associate at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. During her research appointment, she worked on the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program's (STPP) Emerging Issues Project. Her project was primarily focused on: (a) identifying long-term strategies to enable India's electricity markets and trading mechanisms to handle greater shares of intermittent renewable energy; and (b) evaluating low-carbon and cost-effective technology options in India to compensate for the intermittency of wind and solar power in the middle term (20–30 years). Finally, she also helped strengthen a research collaboration between institutions in India and Harvard University to set up a project focused on India's energy transition.
She received her doctoral degree from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and her dissertation was titled, "National Renewable Policies in an International Electricity Market: A Socio-Technical Study." During her Ph.D. research, she investigated the design of renewable support schemes in Europe and its long-term impacts on the energy system. Apart from this, she has also worked on capacity market studies in Europe and on the deployment of solar energy in India.