What the Skripal Attack Exposed About Russian Tradecraft

by Nick Fishwick

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that two Russian nationals accused of poisoning British citizens in an attempted assassination of a former military intelligence officer, are just ordinary...

National Insecurity and Natural Disasters

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front: Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast late in the day local time on September 13, with potentially catastrophic results. There are...

A Call from the Top to Rethink Homeland Security

by Todd Rosenblum

This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It can be accessed via login or by signing up to become a Cipher Brief Member.  Joining this high-level, security-focused community is only...

The Importance of the Basra Protests

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front: The Iraqi city of Basra has returned to relative quiet after a week of protests and sporadic violence. While some want to put a sectarian spin on the protests, the persistent...

A Strategy and Legacy Inspired by 9/11

by Daniel Hoffman

Former CIA Chief of Station Dan Hoffman writes about the strategy and legacy inspired by 9/11. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, the late Senator John McCain argued in favor of maintaining a...

The Islamic State's Enduring Narrative

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front: With the caliphate in ruins, the Islamic State is likely to focus more attention on the ‘virtual world’ and shaping its narrative. One of the reasons the Islamic State has...

The Next 'Field of Jihad'

by Mitch Silber

As the anniversary of 9/11approaches, it brings a time of deep reflection, not only on what was lost on that day in 2001, but also on what has been lost by the U.S. since (Benghazi, 2012) and how to...

The Brazen Tradecraft of Russia's Novichok Operation

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front:  On September 5, the U.K. charged two men it says are Russian military intelligence officers, with the March assassination attempt of a former Russian intelligence officer who...

Why Idlib Matters

by Intel Brief

Bottom Line Up Front: On September 7, the leaders of Russia, Turkey, and Iran are scheduled to meet in Tehran to discuss the Syrian civil war and the pending campaign to retake Idlib. Turkish...

If I Were Questioning Brett Kavanaugh

by Walter Pincus

Brett M. Kavanaugh ought to be questioned on how a President, alleged to have violated a federal criminal law – say conspiring to violate the Federal Election Laws – could be investigated...