The Executions in Bahrain

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front On July 27, Bahrain executed three men, two of whom were Shia activists convicted of terrorism charges and murder. The trial of Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali has been...

Libya's Growing Criminal Enterprise

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Throughout Libya’s civil war, widespread allegations have surfaced that strongman Khalifa Haftar operates as a modern-day warlord, using his power to further numerous...

The Growing Rift Between Turkey and NATO

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front By purchasing Russian S-400 missiles, Turkey has complicated an already strained relationship with NATO and the West. The U.S. has ejected Turkey from the F-35 program,...

Is it Time for Diplomacy in Iran?

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Tensions with Iran have escalated significantly over the past few months.  former Ambassador and Cipher Brief expert Gary Grappo asks whether it’s time to give diplomacy a shot. Grappo is a...

Murder of German Politician Stokes Fears of Extremism

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front There has been a significant rise in violence in Germany against those who speak out against anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racist rhetoric. German pro-immigrant...

Malicious Hacking Targets U.S. Political Organizations

  Bottom Line Up Front:  The success of Russia’s meddling in 2016 U.S. election ensures that Moscow will employ similar disinformation efforts as 2020 approaches. Indicating the severity of...

Why You Should Pay Close Attention to the Intelligence Authorization Bill

by Walter Pincus

The Intelligence Authorization Bill passed by the House last week contains insight into government priorities and where the IC is headed.  Read the latest about what it means in Walter Pincus’...

Mastermind of 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks Arrested

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Pakistani authorities have arrested Hafiz Saeed, founder of the terrorist group LeT and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Pakistan outlawed LeT in 2002, although...

Reality Trumps a Good Story

by Rules of Engagement

Editor’s note: Last week (or the week before) The Cipher Brief carried a review written by CIA veteran Rob Richer of Dan Silva’s novel “The New Girl.”  Richer praised the novel because of...

The Belt and Road Initiative and Increased Chinese Military and Security Presence Abroad

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front: In July 2019, China conducted joint military exercises with two European powers, Germany and France. Through Chinese president Xi Jinping’s signature policy, the Belt...