Is Artificial Intelligence an Existential Threat?

by Doug Wise

It is not unusual for disrupting technologies to be embraced and feared—and not necessarily in that order. That was and will continue to be true for all technologies that bring both benefit and...

How Trump Changed Putin’s Calculus in Hamburg

by John Sipher

President Trump’s second, private meeting with Russian President Putin at the recent G20 meeting has been the subject of considerable scrutiny. While perhaps politically unwise or even possibly...

Russia Wins When U.S. Stops Arming Anti-Assad Rebels

by Robert Richer

President Trump has decided to end the CIA-sponsored program to arm Syrian anti-Assad rebels, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.  The newspaper quotes U.S. officials as saying the...

When Nations Slice and Dice the Web to Fit Their Politics

by Michael Chertoff

Views of data and privacy vary from country to country. But former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the internet was made to be global. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder talked...

The Power of the Presidency Rests on Responsibility to the American People

by Robert Eatinger

According to press reporting, President Donald Trump, during a meeting in the Oval Office on May 10, disclosed to the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to the United States, highly...

Good News for America: Trump Has No China Policy

by Gordon Chang

Saturday, on the sidelines of the G-20 in Hamburg, President Trump sat down with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for more than an hour-and-a-half of “substantive” discussions....

Will Trump Fall Prey to the Putin Trap?

by Steven L. Hall

It was good to see President Donald Trump acknowledge on Twitter recently that the Russians did indeed conduct cyber attacks and influence operations against the United States during last year’s...

Realism and North Korea

by Admiral Sandy Winnefeld

Every recent U.S. administration (Clinton, Bush, and Obama) has confronted the problem of North Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear weapons program. While claiming their predecessors failed, successive...

U.S.-Russian Cooperation on ISIS: Do We Want Our Face Ripped Off Again?

by John Sipher

Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News recently reported that the Trump Administration sought to lift economic sanctions on Russia immediately after entering office, leading to an under-the-radar battle...

Putin Aiming for Our Democracy

by Michael Morell

On Friday, The Washington Post published a detailed account of the challenge the Obama administration faced in the run up to the 2016 presidential election as the U.S. intelligence community...