It’s Only Just Begun: The Detainment and Removal of Illegal Immigrants

by Walter Pincus

Prepare yourselves. The travel ban fiasco is just the beginning. Ignored so far in last week’s Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Security is the Trump...

An Exclusive, Personal Chat with Edward Snowden’s Former Boss

by Suzanne Kelly

Steven Bay has held his secrets and his struggles close for nearly four years now. Bay was Edward Snowden’s boss in June of 2013 when Snowden, who joined Bay’s team just two months earlier at a...

The Haunting Images from Syria: A review of "A Whole World Blind"

by Carmen Gentile

The fighting in Syria – and ever-rising death toll of civilians caught in the middle – is so horrifying that many seemingly have chosen to look away. Though hundreds of thousands are killed and...

What Is a Secure Border?

by Michael Fisher

Many of us have seen decades of sporadic attention given to the security of our border, but I believe we are now better positioned to not only define what we mean by border security but identify the...

It’s a Win-Win-Win Scenario for Russia

by Steven L. Hall

Even before the release of the unclassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions regarding Russian hacking and involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, before...

Reality Has Got to Set In: The Trump Administration and the Defense Budget

by Walter Pincus

For a moment, try to ignore President Donald Trump’s tweets and rambling speeches and let’s look at what the Trump administration may be thinking about when it comes to his campaign promise to...

The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin: A Political Psychology Profile

by Kenneth Dekleva

In 2000, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, then a relative unknown outside of Russia, visited Japan.  Part of his trip included a visit to the Kodokan, the historic Judo school founded by Jigoro...

The World We’ve Created: A Review of "True Faith and Allegiance"

by John Sipher

When the Cipher Brief folks asked me to review the latest “Tom Clancy” novel, I was hesitant.  I already have a pile of books that I actually want to read, and I usually hate these type of...

IC Says Goodbye to one of its Highest Ranking Women

by Suzanne Kelly

Sometimes the best state secret isn’t a secret—it’s a person. Stephanie O’Sullivan spent the bulk of her career keeping secrets for the United States Intelligence Community, and even as she...

Pushing Back on Snowden: A Review of "How America Lost Its Secrets"

by General Michael Hayden

Edward Epstein began his career as an investigative journalist while he was still a graduate student at Cornell more than a half century ago, taking on the Warren Commission’s report on the...