Beating Moscow at its Main Game: Espionage

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

We talk a lot these days about smart power and hard power and soft power even the sharp power of manipulating information. In the end, power and influence have always been exercised in multiple...

The OSS, 9/11 & Gina Haspel: Intelligence Under Fire

by Alex Bolling

Just weeks after the attacks of 9/11, a flatbed truck was parked unceremoniously in the tree-lined fire lane next to the CIA’s New Headquarters Building, surrounded by furious activity. The team...

Don’t Expect Change from Cuba’s New President

by Kevin Hulbert

It’s very interesting that today will be the first time in almost 60 years that one of the Castro brothers has not been president of Cuba. But while it’s an interesting factoid, the fact that...

How Moscow May Have Influenced Our Elections – And Is Poised to Do It Again

by Steven Hall and Jim Crounse

During the leadup to the 2016 presidential elections, Russia bots, trolls and media outlets such as RT and Sputnik were actively messaging about the political contest that eventually resulted in the...

Pull Troops Out of Syria? Trump Has a Point

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

President Donald Trump is considering launching air strikes on Syria, if his own tweets are to be believed – an action that could show the value of switching from U.S. ground troops to a mostly...

CIA Nominee Haspel’s History of “Taking the Tough Jobs”

by Doug Wise

To the distinguished ladies and gentlemen on Capitol Hill: You are poised to make one of the most critical decisions this term by voting on the president’s nominee to become the director of the...

Targeting One of America’s Deadliest Foes: Opioids

by Michael Vigil

Americans are facing one of their deadliest foes in recent history: not ISIS, but opioids, painkillers that are highly addictive and killing thousands of Americans annually. Drug overdoses took the...

Gina Haspel Stands Ready to Break the Glass Ceiling. Let Her.

by Carmen Landa Middleton

Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, stands ready to break through one of the most stubborn glass ceilings in the U.S. government, and this moment matters. Since the announcement of the...

European Defense Needs to Go On Offense

by General Sir Richard Barrons and Doug Wise

Europe’s defense capability is at the nadir of a cycle of decline since the end of the Cold War. It was less important at the time when Europe and its allies, principally the U.S., held sway in the...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media

by Todd Rosenblum

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data exploitation crisis seems to be waking up a new wave of Americans to the fundamental downsides of our purposeful addiction to social media providers. Russia’s...