“The U.S. is Sick”: How a Chinese Analyst Might View the United States

by Michael J. Morell

Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, agreed to The Cipher Brief’s request to do an unusual interview. We asked Michael to play the role...

The Opioid Crisis Becomes a National Security Threat

by Michael J. Morell

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to officially declare the American opioid epidemic a public health emergency Thursday, as part of an effort to combat a crisis that is killing an estimated 142...

Putin's Long War against Russian Democracy

by Daniel Hoffman

Russians are fond of saying “men’she znayesh, dol’she zhivyosh,” translated as, “the less you know the longer you live.” President Vladimir Putin’s formative experience serving as a KGB...

Harvey Tests Post-Katrina Military Response Reforms

by Admiral Sandy Winnefeld

Not since Katrina has the United States been struck by a hurricane as devastating as Harvey. Both inflicted unprecedented damage from floods and wind. Harvey and Katrina differ, however, in a crucial...

U.S. Aid after ISIS Collapse Can Undermine Iran in Baghdad

by Frank Archibald

The liberation of Mosul by the Iraqi military presents the Trump Administration with an opportunity to both stabilize the region by continued successful counterterrorism and to challenge Iran. As the...

U.S. Calculus in Afghanistan Must Factor in Taliban's Own Equations

by Michael J. Morell

Immediately following President Donald Trump’s speech on Afghanistan last Monday, the gears of the U.S. foreign policy machine began to turn, and experts analyzed what the President’s...

In Afghanistan, Keep Your Eye on the Exit

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

The President’s announcement of his strategy for Afghanistan opens a new era for the 16-year war, yet most of the rhetoric and strategy matches that of two previous administrations. He identified...

No Way to Convince Kim to Give Up Nukes

by Michael J. Morell

One of the key responsibilities of the Intelligence Community is to provide the president with the other guy’s perspective.  How does he/she see the world and the issues?  What is the person’s...

Intel Sharing Critical as Terror Strikes Another NATO Ally

by Lisa Monaco

As a close counterterrorism partner of Spain, the United States will be active in the ongoing investigation into the terrorist attack in Barcelona and any connected incidents. At least 13 people...

Donald Trump Can Learn from Teddy Roosevelt’s “America First”

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

In the early days of our republic, George Washington warned against “entangling alliances.” In 1821, after strenuous debate, John Quincy Adams decided not to speak in favor of Greek Independence...