Combatting Terrorism in West Africa and the Sahel

by Emile Nakhleh

Cipher Brief Expert Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. He is currently a...

Geopolitical Fallout from the U.S.-Taliban Deal in Afghanistan

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front There are still questions surrounding the recent U.S.-Taliban agreement, including how Washington can pressure the Taliban to fulfill the key tenets of the deal, as well...

The Latest US Nuclear War Game Gets Real

by Aaron David Miller

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A History of Spying in the Shadows of NYC

by Spy Sites of New York City

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Susan Gordon's Journey from CIA Analyst to PDDNI

by Susan Gordon

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The Plight of Syrian Refugees

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Following intensified fighting in Syria between Turkey and the Assad regime, thousands of refugees are fleeing the country in an effort to reach Europe. Erdogan...

The Syria Scorecard 14 Months On

by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads Amid Fears of a Global Pandemic

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Countries are struggling to counter the spread of the coronavirus respiratory disease, while also trying to figure out how to navigate a range of political, economic, and...

Iran’s Strategy in Syria

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Iran’s intervention in Syria’s civil war has provided Tehran with the ability to support its closest regional allies while simultaneously threatening Israel. Iran’s...

Why We Need More Leaders Like Edward Gabriel

by Rodney Faraon

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