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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

Tue, May 14, 2019

Attacks on Saudi oil stations raise tensions in volatile Gulf

Drones purportedly flown by Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked Saudi oil pumping stations on May 14, creating a new flash point in a region already on edge over rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Energy Markets & Governance

Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Cyberattack in the Gulf

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Katherine Wolff is 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.