Iran's Simmering Relationship with the West

December 9 at 1:30pm ET Norm Roule Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, ODNI Cipher Brief Members will receive an invite via email. To register or for questions, email:...

A Border Wall Mess

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — “There will not be another foot of [Trump’s border] wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” President-elect Joe Biden pledged on August 4, during an interview on...

CIA's Unlucky Yet Meaningful Journey

by Doug Wise

Douglas H. Wise served as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from August 2014 until August 2016. Following 20 years of active duty in the Army where he served as an infantry and...

The Leader to Watch in 2021

by Kenneth Dekleva

Dr. Kenneth Dekleva served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (including 5 years at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation) with the U.S. Dept. of State during 2002-2016, and is...

The Challenging Vaccine Distribution Mission

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Last Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci used the metaphor, “the cavalry is on the way,” referring to two COVID-19 vaccines that are expected to be approved for initial distribution next...

The Real Power of Administrative Law

by Law and Leviathan

BOOK REVIEW: Law and Leviathan: Redeeming the Administrative State by Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule / Belknap Press Reviewed by Terence Check Terence Check is an attorney in the federal...

Cybersecurity Skates Into Its Hockey Stick Moment

by Philip R. Reitinger

Philip Reitinger is the President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance. You can follow him on Twitter @CarpeDiemCyber OPINION — “Black Tuesday” for cybersecurity came on November 17,...

Can Bahrain's New Prime Minister Chart a New Path to Reform?

by Emile Nakhleh

The Cipher Brief is an apolitical national security publisher. We are committed to presenting multiple opinions to help produce a more informed understanding of the issues. Emile Nakhleh is a retired...

Decrypting China's Narratives to the World

by Dalton Lin

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator program partners with colleges and Universities across the country to bring you the voices of the next generation of national security leaders.  Dalton Lin is...

Note to Adversaries: The U.S. isn't as vulnerable as you think

by Joseph DeTrani

Cipher Brief Expert Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani was the former Special Envoy for Negotiations with North Korea and Director of the National Counterproliferation Center.  He is also former director...