Apple vs. FBI: The Need for an Informed Debate on the Law

by Robert Eatinger

Apple, Inc., moved to vacate an order issued by a United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to the All Writs Act that directed Apple to provide the FBI with reasonable technical assistance to enable...

The Human Dimension

by Carmen Medina

National security experts commit many sins. They write about concepts such as multipolarity and balance of power as if they are real things and treat nation states and societies as if they are...

Possibilities for a Turkish-Iranian Rapprochement

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

In this season of dramatic strategic surprises in the Middle East, seemingly almost anything is possible: Russia’s successful military re-entry into the region, America’s near abandonment of a...

Brexit and British National Security

by Nick Fishwick

The UK will vote on 23 June to determine whether it remains in or leaves the European Union. Political discourse in Britain is dominated by the subject. What would a vote to leave mean for British...

The Wages of Treason, Irresolution and Ingratitude

by Mark Kelton

Amid ongoing debate over encrypted communications, hinging, as it does, on striking a balance between the need to defend America and the need to ensure that in so doing we do not undermine the...

Cubans Don’t Want to be Poor Anymore

by Stewart Alsop

I am not an expert in anything that has to do with Cuba. I don’t speak Spanish. I visited the country for the first time in March to go fishing, not to research Cuban society. I only spent four...

The Next President's Choices on ISIS

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

Despite some recent successes against ISIS, including military strikes against top leaders such as Hajji Imam and the Russian-backed Syrian victory against ISIS in Palmyra, ISIS’s core control of a...

Forging New International Cooperation on Terrorism

by Carmen Medina

Washington DC is currently hosting the fourth and perhaps final Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama’s signature initiative to secure the supply of nuclear material. Terrorism has always...

The Challenge at the Border

by Mike Fisher

The Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – is one of the most violent regions in the world, with a staggering 17,422 homicides recorded in 2015. The solution for many citizens...

The View from the Middle East

by Robert Richer

ISIS’s attack in Brussels has raised questions about where the next attack may occur. Rob Richer, former Associate Director of Operations for the CIA, agreed to sit down with the Cipher Brief and...