Fast ThinkingDec 21, 2020
Can Bibi and Biden get along?
Few world leaders have been as close to Donald Trump as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has pushed policies—from suspected covert attacks against Iran to expanded settlements in the West Bank—that will likely antagonize the US president-elect.
In-Depth Research & ReportsJun 17, 2020
Assessing Saudi Vision 2030: A 2020 review
By Stephen Grand, Katherine Wolff
Executive summary When global oil prices collapsed in summer 2014, Saudi Arabia confronted one of the most daunting economic challenges of its modern history. Upon ascending to the throne the following year, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (now the crown prince) responded by developing an ambitious […]
New AtlanticistJan 7, 2020
US-Iran in crisis: Strategic ambiguity and loud weapons in cyberspace
By Simon Handler, Katherine Wolff, Will Loomis
Iran’s government will feel the need to retaliate against the United States, but it does not wish to ignite a prolonged war with the United States. The regime’s near-term aim is to demonstrate to its domestic and regional constituencies that it has the capability and the resolve to avenge Soleimani’s killing and, more strategically, to drum up support for hardliners ahead of legislative elections next month. While Iran has a number of options available, its cyber toolkit not one to be overlooked.
Katherine Wolff was the associate director for Middle East security in the Atlantic Council’s Middle East programs, where her current and past research focuses include regional security, economic transformations in the Arab Gulf, and security challenges in North Africa.
Previously, she worked with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where she focused on the political transitions in North Africa. Before joining the Council full-time, she was an intern with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
She completed her BA in public and international affairs with a minor in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, where she conducted research on Tunisia’s political parties.