Cyber-Geopolitics and Stability in the Middle East
Cyber warfare is a powerful accelerator of the geopolitical conflict in the Middle East. The crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council after the blockade to Qatar is just a warning.
Since a computer attack on the Qatari government website in June 2017 triggered the deepest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since its inception, the Gulf States have redoubled their efforts to increase their cybernetic influence. False news — a seed of disinformation planted in a land of old tensions — took advantage of regional polarization and anti-Iranian sentiment to further divide the region. The Qatari crisis not only increased the differences a key area for the interests of the United States and the European Union, calling into question the agreements on regional security, but showed to what extent the desire to achieve expansive geopolitical objectives through cyber attacks can provoke conflicts and political crises in the blink of an eye.