Putin's Revenge

by Joseph DeTrani

Cipher Brief Expert Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is former Director of the National Counterproliferation Center.  The views are the authors and not any government agency or department. OPINION —...

The Real Russian Mission in Afghanistan

by Steven Hall

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Pandemics, Warning and the Intelligence Community

by Jim Danoy

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Where are Tensions with North Korea Headed?

by Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is former Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO), as well as former CIA director...

What 1989 Tiananmen might tell us about 2020 Hong Kong

by Martin Petersen

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The US Must Deal Swiftly with an Assertive China

by Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is a fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker who served over two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. He also served as...

Libya's Carpe Diem?

by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt

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How to Compete with China without Going to War

by John McLaughlin

Well before COVID-19 there was a “hardening of expert and public opinion in America on the seriousness of the Chinese threat,” according to Cipher Brief Expert and former Acting Director of the...

The Real Impact of COVID on Mexico's Drug Cartels

by Mike Vigil

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Heading Off a Cold War with China

by Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is former Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO), as well as former CIA director...