The Debt that We Owe to the Fallen

This Memorial Day, Jimmy Hatch, former member of Naval Special Warfare, has seen friends dies over the years.  This year, he reminds us of the debt we owe to the fallen. This is Cipher Brief Level I...

The Stars on the Wall

by Kevin Hulbert

As a former senior intelligence officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, Kevin Hulbert made a point to walk through the CIA lobby as often as he could on his way into work, regardless of the...

The Zero-Sum Mentality of U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

by Intel Brief

  On May 10, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a raise in tariffs on Chinese imports from 10 to 25%, further escalating the ongoing trade dispute with Beijing. The hike in tariffs...

Deals Over Alliances

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. is threatening the E.U. over the latter’s initiatives to increase member defense spending and cooperation. Washington objects to conditions in the European...

Last Stand in Idlib?

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front The Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies are making moves to retake Idlib from the last remaining pocket of rebel fighters holed up in the province. A...

Will New Legislation Fix Old Problem of Overcharging DoD?

by Walter Pincus

Remember when DoD paid $640 for a toilet seat? In this week’s Fine Print, Walter Pincus looks at where we are now via a recent committee hearing. This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only...

How the CIA Operated Under Moscow Rules

by The Moscow Rules

24-year CIA veteran and former Russia hand, Robert Dannenberg reviews the newly-released Moscow Rules:  The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War. This is Cipher Brief Level I...

Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Reprisal attacks stemming from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka have exacerbated religious and ethnic tensions, destabilizing the country as the government struggles to...

How an Escalation to War Could Happen with Iran

by Steven Ward

A series of events last week led to escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. While tensions had seemed to ease somewhat on Friday, President Trump tweeted on Sunday ‘If Iran wants to fight,...

The Comeback of Hate in Europe

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Germany is experiencing a renewed wave of virulent anti-Semitism and intimidation and violence directed toward immigrants, especially Muslims. Some German politicians...