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.”
Sarah Dewey is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative. She holds a PhD and MS in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a BS in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University, and her field experience centers on the use of aerial platforms to observe the western Arctic Ocean.
Dr. Dewey’s current research quantifies time and space scales of ice-ocean interaction and links them to the scope of environmental policy, strategic response, and mitigation of marine pollution. Besides her passion for fieldwork, a background in journalism and environmental education has fed Dr. Dewey’s interest in science education, outreach, and the connection between geophysical research and policy.Last Updated: Mar 3, 2020, 1:54pm