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.”
Laima Eicke is an Associate and former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP). Her research focuses on the decarbonization pathways of countries worldwide, value chains of renewable energy technologies, and how both affect geopolitics.
At the Belfer Center, Laima specifically focuses on green hydrogen. Laima currently pursues a Ph.D. at the Willy Brandt School for Public Policy in Erfurt, Germany and is a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS). She holds a M.Sc. with honors in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Business and Economics and a B.A in international relations and Latin American studies from the Technical University of Dresden. She also gained work experience at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Germany Ministry for International Affairs, two NGOs and in consultancy. Laima is a passionate observer and youth advocate in international climate negotiations.Last Updated: Aug 24, 2022, 11:15am