What Will Follow the US Strike on Major General Soleimani?

What Will Follow the US Strike on Major General Soleimani?
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A call on the US Strike on Major General Qasem Soleimani.

Wednesday, January 8 10:30 a.m. ET to 11:30 a.m. ET (Dial-in information below)

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A discussion with:

Kirsten Fontenrose

Director, Middle East Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council Former Senior Director, Gulf Affairs, National Security Council

JD Work

Bren Chair for Cyber Conflict and Security, Marine Corps University

Joe Slowik

Principal Adversary Hunter, Dragos

James Shires

Assistant Professor, Institute for Security and Global Affairs, University of Leiden; Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by:

Trey Herr

Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

On January 2, the US Department of Defense confirmed the targeted strike of Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. The loss of a key diplomatic and military figure will have implications for Iranian military operations and proxies across the Middle East at a time when the US has sought to move away from decades of conflict in the Middle East and shift focus to competitors such as China and Russia. Complicating matters further, Iran has invested in its cyber capabilities, targeting the energy and financial sectors, which begs the question of whether a retaliation may be delivered through cyber over traditional means.

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? How might this development change the strategic balance in the region between the US and Iran, but also Israel and Saudi Arabia? Last, what will be the role of proxies in this growing conflict?

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