U.S. Nuclear Arsenal a Deterrent, Not an Impromptu Threat

by Walter Pincus

Within the next week, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump will face situations that will require them to take steps that could increase already heightened tensions,...

Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years

by Kevin Hulbert

There has been a lot of writing lately on Afghanistan as the new administration struggles with what do to there, just as the previous administration struggled mightily to define both the mission and...

Focus on Clear Goals to Contain Iran in Iraq and Syria

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

With the liberation of Mosul from ISIS and the impending conquest of the “Caliphate” capital Raqqa, the U.S. is at a decision point in the Middle East. But it does not yet have a coherent...

“Dispatches from Hell Before Breakfast”

by Mark Kelton

President Donald Trump is not the first American public figure to go to war with the press, nor is he the most extreme in his views.  Even without benefit of Twitter, the antipathy of Union General...

Gambling with Catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula

by Mike Chinoy

If there has been one common refrain from the Trump administration, it is that President Barack Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” towards North Korea was not effective in deterring...

Trump's War Wider than Afghanistan

by Walter Pincus

Afghanistan is now President Donald Trump’s war, but it’s wider than just that country. Having refused to accept a strategy and operational plan presented to him last month by Defense Secretary...

A Candid Conversation with The White House’s Man on Cyber

by Suzanne Kelly

The White House’s National Security team is expected to issue a report early this week outlining U.S. options for deterring adversaries in cyber space.  The report, called for as part of President...

Wanted: Robust Intelligence and Diplomatic Reporting

by James Bruno

  Son Sen was the Khmer Rouge’s Heinrich Himmler, in charge of carrying out Cambodia’s own holocaust that killed up to two million in the 1970s. As U.S. representative at UN-led...

Cyber Deterrence Cannot Be One Size Fits All

by James N. Miller

The fallout of major cyber attacks and espionage campaigns increasingly shapes interactions between nations. The vulnerability of the United States to such digital intrusions will only grow as the...

U.S. Counterintelligence Director: Putin "Achieved His Mission"

by Mackenzie Weinger

Robert Hanssen. Aldrich Ames. Those are just two of the faces peering out from a mock-up “Wall of Shame” of double agents and leakers that leads down a hallway to the United States...