Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: What will follow the US strike on Major General Soleimani?

This development will influence US engagement with Iran and partners in the region and its knock-on effects may very well manifest in the cyber domain. What type of de-escalatory engagement should we expect between the US and Iran following the assassination of Soleimani? What types of responses, both kinetic and cyber, can we expect from Iran, a country in need of appearing powerful to its allies and adversaries?

Press and members call by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Iran

Tue, Jan 7, 2020

US-Iran in crisis: Strategic ambiguity and loud weapons in cyberspace

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.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler, Katherine Wolff, Will Loomis

Cybersecurity Iran
Princess Reema speaks to Atlantic Council Audience

Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Envisioning Reform: The Social Impact of Saudi Arabia’s Transformation Agenda

On Wednesday, February 28, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Middle East Security Initiative hosted a discussion on Saudi Arabia’s reform agenda with HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, vice-president for planning and development of the Saudi General Sports Authority. The conversation focused on Saudi Vision 2030 and socioeconomic transformation underway in the Kingdom. […]

Event Recap by Alexander Werman

Saudi Arabia

Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Cyberattack in the Gulf


Cybersecurity Middle East

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

On Wednesday, April 19, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and the Global Energy Center co-hosted a conversation on energy innovation and entrepreneurship in the Middle East featuring Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, presidential deputy envoy for hostage affairs at the US Department of State; HE Majid Al-Suwaidi, consul general of the United Arab Emirates in […]

Event Recap by Maxwell Petersen

Thu, Feb 9, 2017

Saab and Daniels on Iran


Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Tackling Root Causes of Conflict in the Middle East

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder for a conference on US-European cooperation in the Middle East. Söder delivered keynote remarks, in which she emphasized that the Middle East is undergoing a period of rapid transition and instability, threatened by a […]

Event Recap by Tyler M. Nocita

Europe & Eurasia Middle East

Wed, Oct 19, 2016

A New Strategy for US-Iran Relations in Transition

On Wednesday, October 19, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative released Atlantic Council distinguished fellow Ellen Laipson’s A New Strategy for US-Iran Relations in Transition, the sixth installment in the Atlantic Council Strategy Paper series. The report advocates for a balanced approach towards American relations with Iran that […]

Event Recap by Tyler M. Nocita


Thu, Sep 1, 2016

Writing the Future: Harnessing the Power of Youth in the Middle East and North Africa

On Thursday, September 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council hosted a discussion on the importance of harnessing the power of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), welcoming HE Shamma Al Mazrui, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, for her first public speaking appearance in […]

Event Recap by Clementine G. Starling

Economy & Business Middle East

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

After Hub-and-Spoke: US Hegemony in a New Gulf Security Order

On Friday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. the Atlantic Council hosted a discussion of a new report by Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Bilal Saab, entitled After Hub-and-Spoke: US Hegemony in a New Gulf Security Order, and a debate on US global defense posture in the next decade and how it might affect future […]

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

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