A Challenging Four Years for the Media

by Walter Pincus

Don’t be fooled that there is a new Donald Trump now that he is president-elect. As I have written before, this Trump presidency is going to test our democratic institutions, not just Congress and...

Re-Thinking Iraq: A Problem Can Become a Solution

by Charles Duelfer

Should we think of Iraq as a solution rather than a problem? For most Americans, Iraq is immediately associated with words like:  disaster, problem, mess, intractable, resource drain, incubator for...

Security Dynamics Amidst Africa's Armed Conflicts

by Kaitlin Lavinder

There has been a downward trend in large-scale warfare on the African continent since the number of wars peaked in the mid 1990s. However, new forms of violence are now replacing mass warfare in many...

Best Of: Nothing Good Comes from Humiliation

by Carmen Medina

For this year’s Thanksgiving Day column, The Cipher Brief revisits Carmen Medina’s exploration of the powerful role humiliation plays in personal psychology, national psyches, and current...

Don't Give Up On Serving the Nation

by Rhea Siers

I teach at two great graduate schools at George Washington and Johns Hopkins Universities.  I am privileged to interact with talented and dedicated students, many of whom aspire to work in the...

Oversight Needed on Trump's Global War Against Islamic Terror

by Walter Pincus

Prepare yourselves for a stepped-up, worldwide war against Islamic radical terrorists directed from the White House by President-elect Donald Trump and his closest aides, who claim this to be a 21st...

Keane: I Can't Go Back to Public Service

by General Jack Keane

As President-elect Donald Trump assembles his national security team, The Cipher Brief met with one prospective nominee, General Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army and...

Are Humans Planting the Seeds of Their Destruction?

by Carmen Medina

During times like these, it’s admittedly hard to keep things in perspective. I bet that few Americans this past week have been contemplating the long march of human history. But I have....

Offensive Security Has Value

by Guy Bejerano

With organizations and companies continuing to experience breaches in their networks, there is a need for the cybersecurity industry to quickly adapt their strategies so that they are inspecting the...

AQAP's Opportunism in Yemen: Benefit or Bust?

by Joshua Koontz

On September 24, Abu Khalid al-Sana’ani, a mid-level al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) commander, was killed by a U.S. airstrike as he and three other militants traveled through the oil-rich...