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...

A CSO’s Guide to Insider Threats

by Alex Bolling

Each minute of each day federal cybersecurity teams triage an unimaginable number of threats to our national security. While many of those threats are from nation-state backed hackers attempting to...

U.S. Cyber Survival Depends on Greater Collaboration

by Chris Inglis

There is little argument that the relationship between the public and private sectors has to be far stronger in order for the U.S. Government and U.S. Businesses to adequately protect themselves from...

Why “Unprecedented” is Never the Right Word for Russian Election-Meddling

by Mark Kelton

There is no adjective to which I have a greater aversion than “unprecedented.” Such language is most often intended to describe challenges more daunting than anyone has previously faced or...

Iran Nuke Deal Finances Tehran’s Ambitions to Dominate Mideast

by General Jack Keane

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the signing of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers—the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany—The Cipher Brief sat...

The Pros Chase Intel and Facts – and They Don’t Leak

by John Sipher

The dueling Republican and Democratic talking points on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election were on full display during the recent testimony of former CIA Director John Brennan to...