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...

Deciphering Kim’s Secretive Visit to Beijing

by Joseph DeTrani

Amb. Joseph DeTrani, Cipher Brief expert and former Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks with North Korea, shared his thoughts on the surprise trip by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit the...

Beating Iran With Our Carrots and Ignoring Our Sticks

by General Michael Hayden

A bipartisan group of 115 American national security leaders, including 49 retired flag officers of the U.S. military; 19 former members of Congress and 29 former U.S. ambassadors, including five...

Surviving Trump: Advice to Europe from an Obama Veteran

by Michele Flournoy

Cipher Brief network expert Michel Flournoy, former senior Obama administration defense official, offered advice to her former European counterparts at the German Marshall Forum in Brussels this...

Domestic Terrorism: The Threat in Our Backyard

by Michael Vigil

The number one “terrorist” threat faced by Americans comes from within, with all of the lethal attacks in the U.S. since 9/11 carried out by a U.S. citizens or legal residents. But the U.S. still...

Pakistan Is Feeling US Pressure. Now What?

by Daniel Markey

After a short trip to Pakistan last week, I return to Washington convinced that the Trump administration’s new coercive approach toward Islamabad is working, at least in the narrow sense that it...

Behind the Curtain of Vladimir Putin’s “Democracy”

by Steven L. Hall

In the latter part of the 18th century, not too long after an earlier annexation of Crimea by Russia, a Russian governor by the name of Grigory Potemkin hoped to impress Russian empress Catherine II...