Surviving Trump: Advice to Europe from an Obama Veteran

by Michele Flournoy

Cipher Brief network expert Michel Flournoy, former senior Obama administration defense official, offered advice to her former European counterparts at the German Marshall Forum in Brussels this...

Domestic Terrorism: The Threat in Our Backyard

by Michael Vigil

The number one “terrorist” threat faced by Americans comes from within, with all of the lethal attacks in the U.S. since 9/11 carried out by a U.S. citizens or legal residents. But the U.S. still...

Pakistan Is Feeling US Pressure. Now What?

by Daniel Markey

After a short trip to Pakistan last week, I return to Washington convinced that the Trump administration’s new coercive approach toward Islamabad is working, at least in the narrow sense that it...

The Saudis Want a Nuclear Program. The Israelis Are Concerned.

by Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin

In an unexpected turn of events, the sequence of dramatically different policies of the Obama and Trump Administrations has exacerbated the problem of nuclear proliferation in the Middle...

Firing McCabe Is a "Gut Punch" and "Blow to What is Right"

by Frank Montoya Jr.

Such is the world in which we now live that I cannot say I was surprised to learn late Friday that former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe had been fired. A part of me wanted to think it was just a...

Behind the Curtain of Vladimir Putin’s “Democracy”

by Steven L. Hall

In the latter part of the 18th century, not too long after an earlier annexation of Crimea by Russia, a Russian governor by the name of Grigory Potemkin hoped to impress Russian empress Catherine II...

Turks in Afrin: How Does It End?

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

Turkey has had considerable military success in its two-month old campaign against the Syrian Kurdish militia in the northwest Syrian border province of Afrin, but final victory may be difficult...

As Tillerson Exits Stage Right, ‘America First’ Takes Center Stage

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure was long-rumored and expected. It had been delayed so long that some of us had even gotten to the point where we were wondering if it was really...

How South Korea – and North Korean Intel Chiefs – Got Trump to Say Yes

by Tim Willasey-Wilsey

The key to understanding the remarkable developments over North Korea in recent weeks is that the two Koreas have been working jointly to manage the perceived risks from the United States and China....

The 'Greek Tragedy' of Cyber Security: We Know How This Ends

by Thomas Donahue

Cyber events of the past two years—perpetrated by state actors in several notable cases, according to public statements by the U.S. and British governments— have demonstrated the potential for...