No Intermediate Arms Race Needed

by Walter Pincus

Access to national security columnist Walter Pincus’ Fine Print is one of the many benefits of becoming a  Cipher Brief Level I Membership.  Not only are you supporting true expert insight...

Lincoln's Spies

by Lincoln's Spies

This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It can be accessed via login or by signing up to become a Cipher Brief Member.  Joining this high-level, security-focused community is only...

El Paso, Texas and the Scourge of Radical Right-Wing Extremism

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front On Saturday, a terrorist allegedly motivated by anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic beliefs murdered 20 people and injured dozens more in a shooting in El Paso, Texas. The...

Comparing Algeria and Sudan’s Popular Revolutions

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Against all odds, the popular revolts in Sudan and Algeria both succeeded in forcing the removal of their long-time autocratic leaders. Protesters in both countries are...

If Hamza bin Laden is Dead, What does it mean for al-Qaeda?

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line up Front On Wednesday, several unnamed U.S. officials seemed to confirm the death of Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda’s founder and longtime leader Osama bin Laden. Since...

Putting Focus on the Real Russian Threat

by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

When the President said this week that U.S. intelligence agencies have ‘run amok’, he was offering the statement in part to explain why he was nominating John Ratcliffe as the next Director of...

Washington and Riyadh in Lockstep on Foreign Policy

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The Trump administration is so firmly aligned with Saudi Arabia, even bipartisan measures in Congress to curtail U.S. arms sales to Riyadh have failed. The deployment of...

'Amok'

by John McLaughlin

a-mok (adverb) – to behave uncontrollable and disruptively. Synonym: go berserk In the midst of debate over whether President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Dan Coats as the next Director of...

Sue Gordon on Speaking Truth to Power, Including the President

by Susan Gordon

Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted in April, 2018 and has been slightly edited for clarity Principal Deputy Director Susan Gordon spoke for a second year at The Cipher Brief’s...

Author Alex Finley Dishes on Life as a Spy

by Alex Finley

Alex Finley worked for CIA’s Directorate of Operations for about six years in the early 2000s.  Her roles took her to places like West Africa and Europe and also allowed for some time at...