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.”
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Laura Diaz Anadon holds the chaired Professorship of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge she is also Director of CEENRG and Fellow at St. John’s College. She is also a long standing Affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) at Harvard University, where she was a Visiting Scholar in 2021-2022.
Diaz Anadon is a Lead Author in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III on Climate Change Mitigation. She is also a member of the Carbon Trust's Breakthrough Ideas Steering Group, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate, Economics of Decarbonization advisory group for the HMT Net Zero Review, and the Board of Directors of Cambridge Enterprise Ltd. In 2018, she was awarded the XVII Fundacion Banco Sabadell Prize for Economic Research for the best young Spanish economics researcher. In 2021, she was honored with a Distinguished Visiting Professorship from Tsinghua University and a Senior Keynes Fellowship from the JM Keynes Fellowship Fund. In March 2022, she was selected as member of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change.
Diaz Anadon joined the Department of Land Economy in September 2017 after a year as a faculty member in the Department in Politics and International Studies, also at the University of Cambridge. Before Cambridge she was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School between July 2013 and September 2016. At HKS she held various posts, including Associate Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) program, Co-Principal Investigator of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Member of the Board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and co-Director of the Project of Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development.
Diaz Anadon has engaged with policy makers in the United States, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Spain among others, and contributed to the UN Global Sustainable Development report and the Global Energy Assessment. She was on the advisory board of the project on "Accelerating Energy Innovation" at the International Energy Agency, has worked as a consultant for various organisations (i.e., Climate Strategies on a World Bank project, UNFCCC, and OECD), and has given numerous international invited seminars and plenary talks.
Diaz Anadon holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Magnetic Resonance and Catalysis Group at the University of Cambridge, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester. She has also studied and worked on research at the University of Stuttgart, where she conducted her Diplomarbeit (masters thesis). She also carried out process engineering research projects at DuPont and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, collaborated extensively with Johnson Matthey Catalysts, and worked as a financial consultant at Oliver Wyman for banks on credit risk models for financing technology projects. She has received various awards and scholarships, including from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Fundacion Caja Madrid, the Real Colegio Complutense, the European Federation of Chemical Engineers, and the Britain’s Top Younger Engineers Award at the House of Commons.
Diaz Anadon is from Asturias (Spain) and has three children.