From Stuxnet to ISIS – Research Group on Cyber-Conflicts in the Middle-East

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This research group seek to narrow the gap between the existing research on cybersecurity as an actual policy and as a political and a social construct, and the lack of an adequate academic research about the regional implication of cyber-conflicts, in regions that have endured constant cyber-attacks such as the Middle-East, in which some of the ground-braking cyber-attacks had occurred (i.e. STUXNET). Researchers have neglected to analyze cybersecurity as part of the normative and political framework of regional inter-relations and stability, and no substantial attempts were made to weave these confrontations and operations into a coherent conceptual framework, to help us better understand the regional strategic fabric and to analyze them as part of regional actors’ interests and international powers strategy. In order to narrow the gap between cybersecurity studies and the study of inter-state relations in the Middle East, the group’s researchers will collect available information in Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew, creating a new database about the perception of the cyber-domain among local and regional entities. This new information will potentially contribute to the understanding of the Middle-Eastern conflicts and conflicts resolution, while adding a new non-western angle to the field of cybersecurity policy research.

The meetings are closed to the public, but you may ask to join by emailing Amit Sheniak: and Daniel Sobelman:

For more details, please contact Amit Sheniak:


Relevant Databases

The Group members:

Ms. Gil Baram
* Dr. Efrat Daskal
Dr. Chorev Harel
Ms. Neta Kremer
* Mr. Ofek Rimer
Dr. Amit Sheniak (Co-Chair)
Dr. Daniel Sobelman (Co-Chair)
Dr. Raz Zimmt
* Dr. Yehonatan Abramson


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