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...

The Black Box of China's Chinese Intelligence Services

by Alasdair Gordon

China’s intelligence and security services play a pivotal role in shaping how China’s leadership views the outside world – but we in that outside world don’t know much about how they provide...

Shedding the Veneer of Non-Partisanship on the House Intel Committee

by Todd Rosenblum

Notwithstanding the comity on display at the recent Senate intelligence committee Annual Threat Hearing, reports that Republican Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence...

Another Arab Spring Builds, Driven by “Discontent Approaching Despair”

by Norman T. Roule

In early January, Tunisia and Iran witnessed remarkably similar periods of spontaneous and widespread unrest. In each case, the demonstrations failed to rise to revolutionary levels, but the protests...

"Where Are the Grownups?" Holding Harassers and their Bosses Accountable

by Carmen Landa Middleton

Amidst the seemingly daily allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct across almost every industry – entertainment, media, politics, technology, etc. – I have been anticipating the companion...