The Man in the Kremlin is Still Smiling, So What Have We Really Learned?

by Mark Kelton

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The Cipher Brief Honors Charlie Allen with Lifetime Award

by Charlie Allen

A Letter to Our Readers — The Cipher Brief is incredibly proud to present its first-ever Lifetime National Security Award to veteran intelligence professional, Mr. Charles E. Allen. As we...

The Fate of Foreign Fighters

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Since the caliphate collapsed, several European nations of captured foreign fighters and associated women and children have refused to deal with repatriating their...

In Espionage, Bigger Isn't Always Better

by Douglas London

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Iran Escalates Repression Amid Unrest

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The Iranian regime is using all elements of state power to suppress organized dissent, including widespread arrests and the use of force against demonstrators. The...

Better Buying is Key to Russia-China Strategy

by Robert Eatinger

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Conflict in Idlib Escalates Between Turkey and Syria While Civilians Suffer

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The nine year-long Syrian civil war continues to rage, with most of the intense fighting taking place in northwestern Syria in Idlib Province. Hay’at Tahri al-Sham, one...

France Reconsiders Force Posture in the Sahel Amid Surging Violence

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS) is now seen by France and Sahelian countries as the greatest security threat in West Africa. Reports about a drawdown of U.S....

What Does Another Nuclear Warhead Do?

by Walter Pincus

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U.S. Struggles to Formulate Central America Policy Amidst Destabilization

  Bottom Line Up Front Central America is among the most dangerous regions in the world, with a mixture of political corruption, powerful criminal groups, and high-murder rates. Violence and...