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...

Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years

by Kevin Hulbert

There has been a lot of writing lately on Afghanistan as the new administration struggles with what do to there, just as the previous administration struggled mightily to define both the mission and...

Focus on Clear Goals to Contain Iran in Iraq and Syria

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

With the liberation of Mosul from ISIS and the impending conquest of the “Caliphate” capital Raqqa, the U.S. is at a decision point in the Middle East. But it does not yet have a coherent...

“Dispatches from Hell Before Breakfast”

by Mark Kelton

President Donald Trump is not the first American public figure to go to war with the press, nor is he the most extreme in his views.  Even without benefit of Twitter, the antipathy of Union General...

No One Makes Money by Betting Against Hong Kong

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

For the seven million people of Hong Kong, living next to a rising China, this year marks three important anniversaries.  Most commentary focused on the Handover 20 years ago when Hong Kong went...

The Lessons of Five Decades of Foreign Service

by Ambassador James Dobbins

U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, envoy to Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia: James Dobbins has had years of experience representing U.S....

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...