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...

Kim Says He’s Open to Denuclearization—But In Exchange for What?

by Joseph DeTrani

North Korea’s weekend offer of peace talks over dinner with the first South Korean delegation there in more than a decade seems to be a sincere attempt to open dialogue. It follows other moves like...

Trump’s Silence on Russia Means His Chiefs Have to Say Too Much

by Todd Rosenblum

President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to publicly make plain that Russia is undertaking a large-scale active measures campaign against our democracy is forcing others in office to fill the void....

What Scares Vladimir Putin the Most? It's Still Democracy.

by Daniel Hoffman

President Donald Trump seized upon Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 37-page indictment with a tweet that the Russians were laughing over their successful information war against the U.S. For...