A Focus on Israel, Iran and Hezbollah

by Anthony D'Ambola

The Cipher Brief’s new Academic Incubator program publishes the work of undergraduate and graduate students, writing short briefs on national security issues.  This week’s briefer is Anthony...

Riyadh and Tehran Inch Closer to War

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, labeling the recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure as an ‘act of war.’ Though...

Regulating Content in an Age of Digital Terrorism

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of terrorist propaganda on the Internet aimed at attracting potential recruits while striking fear in terrorists’...

The Heartless Intersection of Terrorism and Business

by Empty Hearts

BOOK REVIEW:  Empty Hearts By Juli Zeh Reviewed by Carol Rollie Flynn Carol Rollie Flynn is CEO/Managing Principal at Singa Consulting and a 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where...

A Fading Chance for Improvement with North Korea

by Kenneth Dekleva

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China's Paper Dragon

by James Lewis

“This idea may be formulated as follows. The situation is better now than it was ten years ago; therefore ten years from now it will be better still. I will attempt to show here why I disagree with...

Are There Still ‘Red Lines’ in the Middle East?

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The September 14 strike on Saudi critical energy infrastructure by Iran or one of its allies directly challenges U.S. regional and global interests. The attack...

Dunford's Parting Thoughts on Afghanistan

by Walter Pincus

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The Use of Drones in Unconventional Warfare

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Drones have become a trusted tool in the arsenal of non-state actors seeking to engage in asymmetric attacks against a more powerful adversary. Besides Hezbollah, a...

The Risk of Rising Aggression and Declining Action

by John McLaughlin

Oil prices spiked Monday after a drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend.  The attacks impacted more than half of Saudi Arabia’s daily exports, which is equivalent to about...