Why Bahrain Isn't a Good Deal for Palestinians

by Emile Nakhleh

The U.S. Administration is facing a tough sell as it leads the Bahrain Workshop in just under two weeks in what is widely seen as the first phase of the administration’s Middle East peace plan. The...

What Could a Russia-North Korea Summit Mean?

by Kenneth Dekleva

What do both North Korea and Russia hope to get out of Thursday’s expected summit in Vladivostok? This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It can be accessed via login or by signing up...

The CIA Director's Real Skills

by Doug Wise

On April 16, The New York Times published an article (in which I am quoted) with the headline, “Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills with Trump.  He Doesn’t Always Listen.”  It is...

Reminders for Hawks Clamoring to Attack Iran

by Emile Nakhleh

OPINION — As Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi crown prince and de facto...

Is there Common Ground in U.S.-China Cyber Rivalry?

by Ariel E. Levite

The U.S. and China are rapidly sliding into a full-court confrontation in and over cyberspace. This portends serious risks and disadvantages for both sides in light of their economic and...

I Was in the CIA. Trump's Petty Fights and Insults Will Make Us All Less Safe.

by Steven Hall

Steven Hall spent more than 30 years in the CIA, the bulk of them running and managing intelligence operations in Eurasia and Latin America.  He has experience both in counterintelligence and...

Designate IRGC's Quds Force as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

by Jason Brodsky

Last month, the U.S. Department of State marked the 35th anniversary of the U.S. designation of Iran as a state-sponsor of terrorism. Tehran is part of an exclusive club—partners in crime with...

Israel's Top 5 Strategic Goals in 2019

by Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin & Ari Heistein

OPINION — Israel is well-positioned as 2019 begins, but it is also primed to face serious challenges over the next twelve months. The following five strategic goals are critical—and...

Iran in Iraq: How Strength Can Be a Vulnerability

by Ari Heistein

OPINION — With U.S.-Iran tensions rising after the re-imposition of nuclear sanctions, neighboring Iraq will likely emerge as a critical battleground in the U.S.-Iran contest. As the U.S. and...

How the U.S. Helped the Saudis Make the Middle East a 'Dangerous Place'

by Emile Nakhleh

OPINION — The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s...