How Jimmy Hatch Touched the Dragon and Survived

by Suzanne Kelly

I was introduced to Jimmy Hatch via email in late 2014.  I was months away from launching The Cipher Brief and a mutual friend who volunteers his time for the Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F), a...

South Korea Has Reassessed the Value of its American Alliance

by Tim Willasey-Wilsey

As they strolled on the beach at Dalian earlier this week, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un had a lot to discuss. China’s idea of the perfect Korean settlement is simple: North Korea should denuclearise...

Inside Haspel’s Hearing Room

by Charlie Allen

If you watched the questioning of the President’s nominee for Director of Central Intelligence on C-SPAN, you probably missed the significant display of U.S. Intelligence heavyweights sitting...

The 2011 U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq: Relevance for Syria Today

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

Following the near destruction of ISIS in Iraq and in the U.S. “zone” in northeastern Syria, and then a call recently by President Donald Trump to pull out of Syria, administration officials,...

North Korea: From Wishful Thinking to ‘Possible’

by Joseph DeTrani

The Panmunjom Declaration gives us hope that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is possible.  The Summit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in with North Korea’s Kim Jung-un was heavy on...

Banning Transgender Soldiers Will Damage National Security

by Jenny Hall

“Who is a Homo?” ponders an internal CIA document written in 1980 to help investigators identify and purge gay CIA officers. “The homosexual is a complex, intelligent, interesting, and mixed-up...

Why Intelligence Matters

by Michael J. Morell

Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is debuting season two of his popular podcast ‘Intelligence Matters’ in partnership with CBS News this week.  The Cipher Brief was proud to be a partner...

With Influence Activities Exposed, the Kremlin Acts Even More Boldly

by Mikk Marran

Russian influence operations were thrust into the public limelight in the West in 2017 with the findings of the U.S. Intelligence Community that Russia did in fact, interfere with U.S. Elections. The...

How the U.S. Can Fight for Tokyo Too with Kim Jong Un

by Thomas Cynkin

Within moments of greeting President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in mid-April, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clinched a key strategic objective for their meeting: a photo op. During the...

Iran’s “Admit Nothing, Deny Everything, Make Counter-Accusations” Tour

by Norman Roule

At the time of this writing, Iran’s avuncular Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is about to conclude a six-day visit to New York during which he has conducted a furious outreach to every conceivable...