The Russian B Team

by John Sipher

The Russian effort to influence the 2016 election will remain front-and-center as the House and Senate Intelligence Committee continue their probe and the FBI moves forward on its investigation. The...

How Washington Lets Beijing Monopolize Minerals Vital for Phones and Fighter Jets

by Doug Wise

While the topic of supply chains may not be cutting-edge or of high public interest, it is no less important to national security than destroying ISIS or having credible immigration policies. On...

What Does Xi Jinping Want from Mar-a-Lago?

by Gordon Chang

“The president needs to look strong and decisive, and China is a convenient whipping boy,” Quartz White House correspondent Heather Timmons wrote Friday. Is President Donald Trump, to save a...

Climate Insecurity and the Changing Balance of Power

by Carmen Medina

Since at least the 1979 Iranian revolution, intelligence and national security analysts have been working hard to identify the causal factors that lead to political instability. Working hard and yet...

Trump’s State Department: Everyone Take a Deep Breath

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

Even by the standards of the Trump Administration’s generally rocky start, the State Department has fared badly in media reporting and insider commentary. Council on Foreign Relations President...

IC Integration: Stronger Together

by Leslie Ireland

The diversity and scope of national security challenges facing the U.S. continues to grow, asking ever more of an Intelligence Community (IC) that must stretch its resources to meet these demands....

Nunes “Undermines Himself” with Surveillance Claims

by Michael Morell

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Wednesday said he had seen intelligence reports showing that communications of President Donald Trump’s transition team had been picked up...

Dealing with Turkey: Don’t Expect Miracles

by Nick Fishwick

Turkey has once again been very much on Europeans’ minds. This time, the issue has been about the Turkish referendum on April 16 over whether the country moves from its current parliamentary system...

The Man in the Kremlin Must Be Smiling

by Mark Kelton

Vladimir Putin is smiling because he thrives on chaos, particularly in the camp of the “Main Enemy,” a term the Soviet and Russian intelligence services have long used to refer to the United...

America Needs Smart Power, Not Just Hard Power

by Admiral James Stavridis

Amidst a busy week in national security, The Cipher Brief’s CEO and Publisher, Suzanne Kelly, spoke with Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, author of the new book The...