Enhanced Interrogation 2.0: The Untenable Position of CIA Officers

by Robert Eatinger

On January 25, 2017, during his first post-election press interview, President Donald Trump was asked, “do you want waterboarding?” In his response, the President said, “I will say this, I will...

What Is a Secure Border?

by Michael Fisher

Many of us have seen decades of sporadic attention given to the security of our border, but I believe we are now better positioned to not only define what we mean by border security but identify the...

Pushing Back on Snowden: A Review of "How America Lost Its Secrets"

by General Michael Hayden

Edward Epstein began his career as an investigative journalist while he was still a graduate student at Cornell more than a half century ago, taking on the Warren Commission’s report on the...

Cybersecurity: A Whole-of-National Power Approach

by Todd Rosenblum

President Barack Obama’s decision to impose a range of sanctions against Russia for its successful network strike and information operation against the U.S. electoral process was an excellent first...

Intelligence, Trump, Putin, and Russia’s Long Game

by Michael Morell

The Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential campaign and the subsequent sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration continue to dominate the news this week, with President-elect Donald Trump...

When Does a President Become a National Security Risk?

by John McLaughlin

There are a couple of key questions we should all have when it comes to the difference of opinion between President-elect Donald Trump and the CIA about whether Russia launched cyber operations with...

The U.S. and Russia: No Détente Anytime Soon

by Michael Sulick

In the recent past, every new U.S. administration has attempted to improve relations with Russia to address mutual security threats such as combating terrorism. Both President George W. Bush and...

The President-elect's Dismissal of CIA's Election Findings Is Not Acceptable

by General Michael Hayden

As the United States and the international community absorbed the news that the CIA believed Russia had interfered in the recent Presidential election to help Donald Trump’s candidacy,...

Presidents vs. The Kremlin

by John Sipher

Naiveté is never a good way to approach foreign policy challenges.  However, it seems that every new Presidential Administration has a tendency to place hope over experience in dealing with...

Best Of: Nothing Good Comes from Humiliation

by Carmen Medina

For this year’s Thanksgiving Day column, The Cipher Brief revisits Carmen Medina’s exploration of the powerful role humiliation plays in personal psychology, national psyches, and current...