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.”
Marinella Davide is an Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. Her research focus is the analysis of national and international policies on climate change and low-carbon energy and their linkages with sustainable development. She has experience on EU climate policy, EU ETS and UNFCCC negotiations.
From 2016-2017, she was a Predoctoral Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Between 2010 and 2017, she collaborated with Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), within the team of the International Center for Climate Governance.
Marinella holds a Ph.D. in Science and Management of Climate Change from the Department of Economics at Ca’ Foscari University, a Postgraduate Master in Global Environmental Protection and International Policies, and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Bologna.
Featured Research & Analysis
- Pavanello, F., De Cian, E., Davide, M. et al. Air-conditioning and the adaptation cooling deficit in emerging economies. Nature Communications 12, 6460 (2021).
- Davide, M., "COP26: There Is No Mitigation Without Cooperation," Climate Foresight.