Pushback Against Iran

by Walter Pincus

As if there were not enough world problems already facing the United States, President Donald Trump is now talking about declaring Iran “non-compliant” with the July 2015 nuclear agreement that...

No One Makes Money by Betting Against Hong Kong

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

For the seven million people of Hong Kong, living next to a rising China, this year marks three important anniversaries.  Most commentary focused on the Handover 20 years ago when Hong Kong went...

The Lessons of Five Decades of Foreign Service

by Ambassador James Dobbins

U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, envoy to Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia: James Dobbins has had years of experience representing U.S....

Is Artificial Intelligence an Existential Threat?

by Doug Wise

It is not unusual for disrupting technologies to be embraced and feared—and not necessarily in that order. That was and will continue to be true for all technologies that bring both benefit and...

Trump’s Memory Failures

by Walter Pincus

President Donald Trump’s penchant for making misleading or false statements has been well documented. Former CIA Director John Brennan last week offered a possible reason – one that should be a...

How Trump Changed Putin’s Calculus in Hamburg

by John Sipher

President Trump’s second, private meeting with Russian President Putin at the recent G20 meeting has been the subject of considerable scrutiny. While perhaps politically unwise or even possibly...

The (Soft) Power to Transform Fragile States

by Larry Sampler

Challenges facing those who work in the developing world are complex, profound, varied, and sometimes existential. They range from assuring the health and security of our staff in settings where...

Russia Wins When U.S. Stops Arming Anti-Assad Rebels

by Robert Richer

President Trump has decided to end the CIA-sponsored program to arm Syrian anti-Assad rebels, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.  The newspaper quotes U.S. officials as saying the...

Dunkirk: The Larger-than-Life Story on a Larger-than-Life Screen

by Will Edwards

If you don’t know what a Stukka Dive Bomber sounds like, you will never forget its eerie, piercing wail after watching Dunkirk. It is sound, not gory acts of violence or stunning set-piece battle...

When Nations Slice and Dice the Web to Fit Their Politics

by Michael Chertoff

Views of data and privacy vary from country to country. But former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the internet was made to be global. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder talked...