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Energy's Digital Future: The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack and Beyond

Monday, June 7, 2021

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Amy Myers Jaffe, professor at Tufts University and world-class expert on energy politics and policy, discusses her new book Energy’s Digital Future with the Climate Solutions Lab’s Director Jeff Colgan. They explore the intersection of energy and cybersecurity in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial pipeline that carries a huge amount of gasoline to the entire U.S. east coast.

Climate Solutions Lab
Summer 2021

Amy Myers Jaffe is Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab. She was formerly the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.

A leading expert on global energy policy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as senior advisor for sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer at the University of California, Regents and as executive director for energy and sustainability at University of California, Davis where she led research on low or zero carbon fuels and transportation policy. Jaffe has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold, with Mahmoud El-Gamal.

Her forthcoming book Energy's Digital Future: Harnessing Innovation for American Resilience and National Security will be published by Columbia University Press in 2021. She is chair of the steering committee of the Women in Energy Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy policy.

A frequent media commentator, Jaffe serves on the leadership council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economics and holds a Senior Fellow award from that organization for her career contributions to the field of energy economics. 


Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University and the director of the Climate Solutions Lab. His research focuses on international order, especially as related to energy and the environment.

His book, Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He has published work in International Organization, Foreign Affairs, World Politics, International Security and elsewhere. He also occasionally blogs at the Monkey Cage and Foreign Affairs. On Twitter, he is @JeffDColgan

Professor Colgan previously taught at the School of International Service of American University 2010-2014, and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC in 2012-13. He completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University, and was a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s in Public Policy. Dr. Colgan has worked with the World Bank, McKinsey & Company, and The Brattle Group.