Special Operations Meets Human Trafficking

by Nic McKinley

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says that countries around the world today are detecting and reporting more victims of human trafficking than ever before.  One of the reasons for the...

Russia Flexes Influence in Serbia

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front On January 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin received a warm welcome during an official state visit to Serbia. Serbia is seeking to join the EU, but its conflict with...

Today's Cyber Road Show and Why it Matters

by Jamil N. Jaffer

Like many cyber experts in Washington, Jamil Jaffer wears multiple hats. He’s worked both inside and outside of government and is currently the Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at...

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent: The Nucleus of Jihad in South Asia

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will give terrorist groups like al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) more room to maneuver. AQIS is a major node in a...

Chairman Kim Jong-un Rides the Peace Train

by Kenneth Dekleva

Chairman Kim Jong-un started off 2019 with a well-rehearsed New Year’s address, in which he utilized a less-formal and relaxed atmosphere – akin to FDR’s ‘Fireside Chats’ or Chinese...

How Will the U.S. Withdrawal Impact Israel's Strategy in Syria?

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The announced U.S. withdrawal from Syria is compelling Israel to recalibrate its strategy to prevent Iran from further expanding its influence. Israel views Iran’s...

Part Two: On Becoming Brad Meltzer

by Brad Meltzer

Thriller writer Brad Meltzer has written 32 books.  Most of them are children’s books, many are thrillers, 2 are ‘How-To’ books, 1 is a TV book and his latest, is the non-fiction, First...

Smarter Border Security

by Mike Fisher

The Government remains shut down after President Donald Trump offered a plan over the weekend to provide temporary protection to some groups of immigrants if Democrats agree to fund the border...

May Survives a Vote of ‘No Confidence,’ but What Next for Brexit?

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front On January 16, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament. The vote came one day after a historic margin overwhelmingly rejected the Prime...

SOCOM's Discipline and Ethics on the Radar

by BRIGADIER GENERAL (ret) CRAIG NIXON

The Cipher Brief’s new Friday column Cipher Select, is laser-focused on bringing you a range of different perspectives on special operations issues over the next several months. United States...