U.S. Bolstering Troop Presence in Poland to Strengthen Posture in Europe

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front Last week, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be deploying an additional 1,000 troops to Poland. The deployment is reflective of the changing nature of U.S. alliances...

Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Escalate Tensions Between U.S. and Iran

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front On June 13, two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were damaged by apparent sabotage, as explosions ripped through the side of the ships. The U.S. has publicly blamed Iran...

A Strategy to Constrain Iran

by Norman Roule

In the midst of recent escalatory statements and actions between the U.S. and Iran, a spokesman for the Iranian atomic agency said Monday that within 10 days, the country will pass the allowed limit...

The Moral Future of the Internet

by Joseph Menn

Investigative journalist Joseph Menn, author of the recently released Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World has a history of writing books to explain the...

Tensions Continue to Escalate Between the U.S. and China over Taiwan

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front: The U.S. Congress was recently notified about a potential arms sale between the U.S. and Taiwan, estimated at close to $2 billion. Beijing has expressed serious concern...

In For a Penny, In for a Pound? The U.S. View on European Defense Spending

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. is continuing to pressure the E.U. about defense spending, continuing a trend that has stretched back through previous administrations. The E.U. has established...

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...

Islamic State’s Sinai Affiliate Remains a Destabilizing Force in Egypt

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Just last week, the Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula launched a deadly attack, killing eight police officers at a checkpoint. Since...

The U.S. Repatriates Islamic State Family Members

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. government has confirmed that it repatriated eight U.S. citizens—two women and six children—who were with the Islamic State in Syria. The eight had been held...

Climate Change as a National Security Threat

by Walter Pincus

There was more to learn from last Wednesday’s House hearing on climate change, than the White House barring a senior analyst from the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)...