The Real Reasons Why Reagan Sent Marines Into Lebanon

by When Reagan Sent In The Marines

BOOK REVIEW: When Reagan Sent in the Marines: The Invasion of Lebanon By Patrick J. Sloyan Reviewed by Robert Richer Cipher Brief Expert Robert Richer retired in November 2005 from the Central...

DoD's New Marching Orders: Fail Fast

by Walter Pincus

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The Global Health Challenges Posed by the Spread of Deadly Viruses

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The Coronavirus continues to spread from Wuhan, China, as global health authorities work to contain the spread of the disease. In a globalized world with abundant...

Iran's Supreme Messaging

by Jason Brodsky

When news broke that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was scheduled to deliver the Friday Prayer sermon on January 17 for the first time since 2012, Iranian media went into overdrive to...

Fighting Over Access to Libya’s Energy Supplies

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Fighting in Libya has dragged on for the past eight years following the ouster of the country’s longtime leader, the dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Access to energy reserves...

The Unintended Consequences of Military Aid

by Rana Shabb

This Academic Incubator column is part of an academic partnership with the Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, presenting regular expert commentary on global...

Can Esmail Qaani Lead Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Qods Force?

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The operations of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) will continue unabated despite the death of its commander Qasem Soleimani. His...

Succession: Kremlin Style

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Russian President Vladimir V. Putin is continuing his ironclad grip on power through newly introduced changes to the Russian constitution. In mid-January, Russia’s...

Questions to be asking about Iran and Iraq

by John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin served as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2000-2004 and served as Acting Director of the CIA in 2004.  He currently serves as a distinguished practitioner...

The Story Behind Israel's Shadow Strike in Syria

by Shadow Strike Book

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