Putin's Perfect Gift

by Michael Morell

Noon on January 20th provides an excellent opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give President-Elect Donald Trump the perfect inauguration gift – Edward Snowden. A reminder:...

North Korea: A Vexing Problem for the New U.S. President

by Joel S. Wit

Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s speech has triggered fevered speculation about the possibility of an impending North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, even provoking President-elect...

Cybersecurity Lessons Learned for 2017

by Jack Harrington

Pundits will pick over the lessons of 2016 for a long time, and as they do, cyber experts are looking at the past year and finding lessons as well, with far-reaching implications for our nation’s...

Uncertainty Ahead: Defense Technology and Acquisition Trends in 2017

by Cynthia Cook

The crystal ball may be unusually cloudy when it comes to predicting defense technology and acquisition trends for 2017, but the causes of this cloudiness are clear. The change in administration,...

Counter Messaging, Not Divisive Rhetoric: Effective Counterterrorism in 2017

by Matthew Olsen

The Cipher Brief sat down with Matthew Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to discuss the terrorist threat in the coming year. According to Olsen, the most pressing...

Putin Meets His Match?

by Jill Dougherty

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader known for his unpredictability, may have met his match: the new President of the United States, Donald Trump. Until now, Mr. Putin knew who he was dealing...

A Happy Ending for Europe in 2017?

by Mathew Burrows

A comparison with the 1848 domino-like revolutions that spread across Europe is a bit of a stretch, but far-right populism is definitely on a roll, throwing the whole European project in doubt. Will...

Back to Basics: Staying Ahead of China

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Compared to China, ISIS amounts to a nasty swarm of gnats.  Compared to China, Russia comes across as a cranky old man (with a shotgun). However, neither ISIS, nor Putin’s Russia, nor any other...

Hacktivism and Cyberspies – The New Reality of 2017

by Jeannie Warner

Hacktivism has been a fact of life even before the rise of Anonymous. In 2016, we saw a tidal wave of global hacktivism and cyber spying, and this trend will continue in 2017. The social unrest...

Turkey's Diplomatic Collision Course

by Aykan Erdemir

Twelve people have been detained in connection with the New Year’s night club gun attack in Istanbul that left 39 people dead. Islamic State has claimed responsibility, although it offered no...