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...

Turks in Afrin: How Does It End?

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

Turkey has had considerable military success in its two-month old campaign against the Syrian Kurdish militia in the northwest Syrian border province of Afrin, but final victory may be difficult...

As Tillerson Exits Stage Right, ‘America First’ Takes Center Stage

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure was long-rumored and expected. It had been delayed so long that some of us had even gotten to the point where we were wondering if it was really...

Could AI-Driven Info Warfare Be Democracy’s Achilles Heel?

by Doug Wise

Ripped out of the pages of science fiction novels, artificially intelligent, self-aware weapons systems could become a global existential threat, if harbingers of doom like Elon Musk are to be...