‘Warsaw Process’ initiative promotes stability in cyberspace

The U.S. and other nations are working to counter growing threats to cybersecurity as part of a wide-ranging effort to improve peace and security in the Middle East.

Representatives of more than 40 nations convened a cybersecurity working group October 7–8 in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss strategies for better deterring and responding to cyberattacks.

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The working group is part of the Warsaw Process, led by the U.S. and Poland, that seeks to address ongoing threats in the Middle East and bring prosperity to the region.

The Trump administration has called on the Iranian regime to halt its cyberattacks. That demand is one of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s 12 requirements for lifting economic sanctions against the regime.

The Warsaw Process working groups began meeting this month to tackle shared strategic priorities. In addition to the Republic of Korea hosting the Working Group on Cybersecurity, other countries will host groups as follows:

  • The United States will host the Working Group on Human Rights.
  • The Kingdom of Bahrain will host the Working Group on Maritime and Aviation Security.
  • The Republic of Poland will host the Working Group on Energy Security.
  • Romania will host the Working Group on Missile Proliferation.