Last week, The Cipher Brief sat down with Jaime Suchlicki, the Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, to discuss the impact of the recent changes to U.S.-Cuba relations.  His primary advice to U.S. businesses:  “caveat emptor," which Professor Suchlicki translated as "beware ...

Last week, The Cipher Brief sat down with Kirby Jones, the President of Alamar Associates, a company that has consulted on trade and business with Cuba since 1974, to discuss how U.S. businesses can take advantage of the recent changes to U.S.-Cuba relations.  He believes that the U.S. attempts to ...

Progress on the creation of a new relationship between the United States and Cuba has been remarkably brisk over the past eight months, but, at the same time, American companies are, with some specific exceptions, still not able to do actual business in Cuba or invest. The trade and investment ...

Tonight, Republican candidates will take the stage for the first GOP Presidential debate.  We’ve heard a lot about jobs, immigration and the economy – but where do the candidates stand on the world’s most pressing global security issues? 1. All GOP presidential hopefuls condemn the Iran nuclear deal.  The candidates ...

As part of the Iran deal, international sanctions prohibiting Iran from purchasing and selling conventional arms and ballistic missile systems will be lifted in the next 5-8 years. The repercussions for global security are far-reaching, and the removal of these sanctions probably will help Iran upgrade its defense and offensive ...

Territorial claims in the South China Sea have been contentious for centuries, but recent land reclamation attempts by China have made it a global security issue. 1. Six countries - China, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan - all make claims to islands in the South China Sea.  These countries base ...

Despite all the debate on the merits of the Iran nuclear deal, one thing is abundantly clear: the Middle East is changing in ways that could not have been imagined a decade ago. The re-emergence of Iran from a 36-year deep freeze will change the regional balance of power, force ...

President Obama departed this week for his first trip to Kenya since taking office.  He will meet with the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and attend the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi.  The focus of the trip is strengthening U.S.-Kenya counterterrorism cooperation and promoting Kenya’s economic growth. Obama and Kenyatta will discuss increasing U.S. assistance ...

Today, the United States reopens its embassy in Havana, Cuba and formally re-establishes diplomatic relations.  The embassy will primarily perform standard functions such as issuing visas and facilitating dialogue between the two countries.  The U.S. government has also eased travel restrictions, allowing Americans to travel to Cuba provided they meet one of 12 ...

Ten years ago, four homegrown militants, some of who trained in Pakistan, launched devastating terror attacks in London. Today, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is exploiting widely used social media platforms and eliminating the need for a would-be attacker to travel outside his home country. The ...

The White House has reached an agreement with Iran to suspend its nuclear weapons program in exchange for sanctions relief. Congress now has 60 days to weigh in on the deal.  This morning, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on the implications of the agreement. The Cipher ...

The call came on June 23. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the spokesman for the Islamic State, in June urged ISIS followers to go on a month-long killing spree. “Muslims, embark and hasten toward jihad,” said al-Adnani in an audio statement released last month. “O mujahedeen everywhere, rush and go to make ...

Al-Qa’ida’s number two, Nasir Wahishi, is believed to have died in a drone strike in southern Yemen last month. He ran one of the most technologically sophisticated terror organizations in history – Al-Qai’da in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). His operatives plotted attacks using bombs hidden in printer cartridges, a man’s ...

Seemingly a typical teen living in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, Ali Shukri Amin, 17, led a different life online as curator of a pro-ISIS twitter account. Last week, Amin pled guilty in federal court to providing material support to ISIS. This case, and others like the shootout in Dallas or the ...