The Social Media Side of the Terrorist Threat

by Farah Pandith

The Sri Lankan government responded to Sunday’s deadly terrorist attacks in part, by shutting down access to some social media sites, calling the ban a temporary way to stop the spread of...

ISIS' Shifting Focus

by Bruce Hoffman

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people and injured 500 more.  Sri Lanka’s government is blaming the attacks on a local...

It's Been Over 300 Days Since a Pentagon Press Briefing

by Admiral James Stavridis

It’s been more than 300 days since there was a Pentagon Press Briefing.  Hear from Cipher Brief Expert James Stavridis about why that’s a bad idea. This is Cipher Brief Level I Member...

What to Make of North Korea's Recent Weapons Test

by Joseph DeTrani

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of as a new ‘tactical guided weapon’ on Wednesday in the country’s first weapons test since talks between Kim Jong Un and President Donald...

What a Designated Terrorist IRGC Could Mean for the U.S.

by Norman Roule

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council is taking retaliatory steps after President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. will designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

Closing the Gaps Before the Next War: The Army's New Sense of Urgency

by LTG Guy Swan III (Ret.)

Close to six thousand people, including current military leaders and members of the defense industry, are gathered at AUSA’s 2019 Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, AL this week.  The theme for...

Syria, ISIS and the Long War

by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt

This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It can be accessed via login or by signing up to become a Cipher Brief Member.  Joining this high-level, security-focused community is only...

Christchurch Attacks Could Impact Counterterrorism Strategy

by Nick Fishwick

At least 50 people were killed and another 50 wounded in Friday’s Christchurch attacks.  New Zealand authorities worked through the weekend to identify the victims as quickly as possible in order...

What's Going on in Bahrain?

by Emile Nakhleh

Cipher Brief Expert and former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, Emile Nakhleh  was recently interviewed by the Bahrain Mirror.  The Cipher Brief is reprinting that...

The Captains are Confused in Syria

by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt

The recent announcement of plans to keep 200 U.S. “peacekeepers” in Syria has been met with a mixture of relief and confusion. Relief, as the December announcement to withdraw U.S. forces from...