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.”
Kavita Surana's research interest is in the intersection of clean energy, climate change, and innovation, with a particular focus on public policy in countries looking for ways to address challenges such as energy access or environmental degradation while ensuring economic development.
She is a consultant on energy and climate to the World Bank and other organizations and previously worked on electricity markets and power generation investments at ICF International. Kavita developed her own innovative technologies for solar cells at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) during her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP-Grenoble), France. She was an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020, 9:37am