A New Girl and a New Twist

by The New Girl

What do the real spies think of Daniel Silva’s latest novel The New Girl? Check out former ADDO for the CIA Robert Richer’s candid review here. This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only...

Downing of Iranian Drone Reignites Tensions between Tehran and Washington

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front President Trump’s revelation that the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone on July 18 suggests that tensions in the Gulf will not subside any time soon. The U.S. shootdown...

Can Supply Chain Security be a Real Thing?

by Matt Wyckhouse

Cybersecurity firm Finite State issued a recent report concluding that telecommunications equipment made by Chinese firm Huawei present a higher percentage of security vulnerabilities than equipment...

Saudi Arabia’s Persistent Human Rights Violations

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The UN recently released a report that squarely places blame for the murder of prominent Saudi dissident and U.S.-based journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the highest levels...

Iran Crisis Spills over to UK

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Iran’s recent responses to U.S. pressure, including to the UK-led seizure of a Syria-bound Iranian oil tanker, have brought the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal to the...

Saudi Arabia Forced to Fight its Own War in Yemen

by Intel Brief

  The withdrawal of UAE troops from the disastrous war in Yemen is forcing Saudi Arabia to shoulder more of its own burden. There is not likely to be a serious public rift between the UAE and...

Milley's Mindset

by Walter Pincus

National Security Columnist Walter Pincus takes a look at General Mark Milley’s mindset on everything from Russia to NATO to space… This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It...

Daniel Silva's New Girl

by Daniel Silva

Editors note: Daniel Silva is one of America’s most prolific and popular novelists.  His latest book, The New Girl, is officially out today, July16th. Look for a full review of the book in The...

Playing a Dangerous Game: External Support to Civil Wars & Insurgencies

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The United Arab Emirates has dumped weapons into conflict zones throughout the Middle East. Given how unstable the situation in Libya remains and the more external actors...

A Political Breakthrough in Sudan?

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Following months of fighting, Sudan’s current ruling military government and the political opposition have forged a power-sharing agreement.  What happens next in...