Russia Takes on a More Prominent Role in Afghan Peace Talks

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Last week, members of the Afghan Taliban along with Afghan politicians and power brokers met in Moscow to discuss the contours of a potential peace deal for the...

China 30 Years After Tiananmen Square

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front: On June 4, 1989 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) staged a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters who gathered at Tiananmen Square to demand democratic...

The Risks of Civil War in Sudan

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  Bottom Line Up Front Civilian pro-democracy protesters were gunned down on Monday by Sudanese security forces in Khartoum, the country’s capital. According to various media reports, at...

Trump's Head START on New Nuclear Approach

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President Trump plans to wait until next year to decide what he will do about the 2010 new START strategic nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, which runs out in February 2021,...

The Targeter Hits the Mark

by The Targeter

A former Marine ground intelligence officer read the new book The Targeter by former CIA Analyst and Targeting Officer Nada Bakos. This is what he thought… This is Cipher Brief Level I Member...

French Foreign Fighters Sentenced to Death in Iraq

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Just last week, seven members of the so-called Islamic State, all of them from France, were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court. Many Western countries have refused to...

In Story of Jihadi John, Don't Trust the Headlines

by Doug Wise

Cipher Brief Expert and former Senior CIA Officer Doug Wise writes that when it comes to the hunt for Jihadi John, the headlines don’t tell the whole story. “Almost a year ago, I was...

Terrorism Trends in Tajikistan

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front: On May 19, 2019, a prison riot in Vakhdat, Tajikistan, left 29 people dead, including supporters of the so-called Islamic State. Allegedly orchestrated by militants,...

Japan Prepares for Olympic-level Cybersecurity

by Nathan Ryan

Japan’s cybersecurity will be put to the test over the next 18 months. The world’s attention will be fixed on the island country as it hosts two major events: the Rugby World Cup in September and...

John Walker Lindh and the Dilemma of American Terrorists

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  Bottom Line Up Front Toward the end of May, John Walker Lindh was released from U.S. federal prison after serving 17 years of a sentence stemming from ten charges related to terrorism. At...