Iran Deal Still Works Despite Iran’s Aggression

by Michael J. Morell

Last week, President Donald Trump announced he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal and would terminate the agreement entirely if its “many serious flaws” were not...

The Intelligence Community’s Lexicon of Risk

by Alex Bolling

“Hey Thorne. Don’t get caught, my wife likes it here.”  That was the Deputy Chief of Station’s regular advice to all case officers prior to their agent meetings. The message was clear:...

Extremists Take Aim at the Plastic Minds of Kids

by Farah Pandith

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, thousands of young Muslims have embraced extremist ideology, providing terrorist groups with a steady stream of recruits.  Puzzling on its face, this phenomenon...

Can Tillerson Sing Trump’s Tune on North Korea?

by Gordon Chang

Rex Tillerson could be the worst of the 69 secretaries of state in the history of the republic, but he did not deserve the drubbing he took Sunday from his boss. Moreover, Washington’s efforts to...

An American Tragedy of Puerto Rico

by Carmen Medina

Puerto Rico may well be the most unusual and paradoxical situation in world affairs, and now it ranks among the most tragic. The existence of more than 7 million Puerto Ricans would rank Puerto Rico...

The Rise of the Authoritarian Internet

by Daniel Hoffman

In May 2015, Russia and China signed a “nonaggression pact” in cyberspace. They agreed not to target each other with cyber attacks and promote the idea of sovereignty in cyberspace. China and...

Why Unmasking is Critical to National Security

by Michael J. Morell

In mid-March, The Cipher Brief spoke with former CIA Acting and Deputy Director Michael Morell about the issue of “unmasking” – the common practice of executive branch officials...

Trump’s Tough U.N. Rhetoric Reassures U.S. Allies

by General Jack Keane

President Donald Trump delivered his address this week at the United Nations General Assembly with a focus on the importance of sovereignty and the threats posed by rogue regimes he called “the...

Expect ‘Ferocious’ North Korea Response If U.S. Strikes

by Joseph DeTrani

The Trump Administration continues to pound away at North Korea, insisting military options are on the table, but so far the threats have not stopped Pyongyang from pursuing tests of its nuclear...

Terrorists Learn Tactics by Watching Each Other

by Mitch Silber

Earlier today, an improvised explosive device was detonated on the London underground railway, known as the Tube, injuring more than 20 people in what British authorities have deemed a terrorist...