Colonial Palestinian Policy Doomed to Fail

by Emile Nakhleh

OPINION — Last month, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is eliminating previously approved funds to support Palestinian-Israeli civilian engagement. USAID has wisely...

Election Security is National Security

by Rob Joyce

Rob Joyce is the Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy at the National Security Agency.  He was also a key speaker at DEF CON 26, the premiere hacker’s convention held every year in Las...

Zimbabwe: A Double-Standard Undermining U.S. Interests

by John Siko

Let’s be honest: Zimbabwe’s election was not perfect. And the post-election environment was seriously marred by the shooting of six protesters by soldiers that had been called out to control...

Iran gambles, Moscow Pays in Syria

by Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin & Ari Heistein

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin served as chief of Israeli military intelligence from 2006-2010.  He is now director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).  Ari Heistein is special...

Trump's Threats Against Iran Ignore Middle East Realities

by Emile Nakhleh

By threatening a devastating war against Iran, President Donald Trump’s recent response to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s benign statement about “the mother of all peace” and “the...

U.S. Should Sanction Iran's ICT Minister

by Tzvi Kahn

Days after nationwide protests began in late 2017, Iran’s minister of information and communications technology (ICT) sounded an alarm. “A Telegram channel is encouraging hateful conduct, use of...

A Very Personal Take on Threats to Strip Security Clearances

by Doug Wise

I served the United States for 48 years in various national security roles that required me to hold a security clearance.   I saw it as a privilege, granted by our government, and reflecting the...

Helsinki Summit: A Time for Choosing

by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

Cipher Brief Expert Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is the former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy.  He is currently senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy...

Special Operations DEPTEMPO and the National Security Risk

by Stu Bradin

Most of my adult life was spent as a soldier in special operations. One of the most persistent issues throughout my career was finding the right balance of deployment tempo (DEPTEMPO) with time in...

Keeping the Role of the White House Cyber Security Coordinator in Perspective

by Dr. Barbara George

Protecting the technology networks connecting more than two million employees working in over 400 government agencies serving about 325 million Americans is a herculean feat. In May, the Office of...