You Can’t Put Syria's Pieces Back Together Again

by Ambassador Dennis Ross

Fighting in Aleppo has intensified with a Russian-backed government offensive to capture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s largest city. The United States and its allies accuse Russia of...

"Snowden" Wrongly Portrays the NSA as an Outsized Bogeyman

by General Michael Hayden

Edward Snowden is back in the news.  Oliver Stone’s sympathetic and conspiracy-heavy biopic landed in theaters this month.  Meanwhile, a raft of Snowdenistas are leveraging the movie to...

China's Counter-Terrorism Law and the Uyghurs

by Michael Clarke

On 27 December 2015, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the country’s first counterterrorism legislation. The law carried sweeping provisions, enabling not only China’s various...

Innovation Beyond Silicon Valley

by Bob Stratton

Whenever people think about cybersecurity, technology, and innovation, they tend to think about Silicon Valley, but The Cipher Brief asked Bob Stratton, a General Partner at MACH37™, what other...

The Snowden Movie Does Not Get to the Truth

by Walter Pincus

We still do not know the full Edward Snowden story, and the new Oliver Stone movie about the former NSA contractor makes getting at the truth more difficult. I recognize it’s fictionalized, but for...

Trade Secret Theft Trends: A Closer Look at the Perpetrators

by Sarah Morningstar

American businesses lose an estimated $160 billion to $480 billion annually due to trade secret misappropriation. To combat this loss, over the past few years the law enforcement community has...

"Snowden" Snow Job

by Mark Kelton

The Cipher Brief asked our network member Mark Kelton, the former CIA Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence, for his impressions of the new movie...

Instability in the Age of Complexity

by Monty G. Marshall

What most distinguishes human civilization in the 21st Century and during the emerging era of globalization is its ever intensifying complexity. Gone are the terrestrial frontiers and the...

North Korea: A Perennial Nuisance

by Soo Kim

The latest North Korean nuclear test has caused the international community to once again reexamine all of the available policy options for how to hinder and eventually end North Korea’s nuclear...

Trump's Temperamental Tirade

by Walter Pincus

The real Donald Trump appeared last Saturday evening near the end of a Colorado Spring, Colorado airport rally. The new, teleprompter-controlled persona Trump has become, switched to his real self...