Back to Basics: Staying Ahead of China

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Compared to China, ISIS amounts to a nasty swarm of gnats.  Compared to China, Russia comes across as a cranky old man (with a shotgun). However, neither ISIS, nor Putin’s Russia, nor any other...

Hacktivism and Cyberspies – The New Reality of 2017

by Jeannie Warner

Hacktivism has been a fact of life even before the rise of Anonymous. In 2016, we saw a tidal wave of global hacktivism and cyber spying, and this trend will continue in 2017. The social unrest...

Turkey's Diplomatic Collision Course

by Aykan Erdemir

Twelve people have been detained in connection with the New Year’s night club gun attack in Istanbul that left 39 people dead. Islamic State has claimed responsibility, although it offered no...

Cybersecurity: The Difficulty of Staying One Step Ahead of the Bad Guys

by Tammy Moskites

The cybersecurity environment is constantly changing. The Cipher Brief spoke with Tammy Moskites,  Chief Information Officer at the cybersecurity firm Venafi, who says cybersecurity professionals...

A Legacy in the Making: Obama's Approach to Security Sector Assistance

by Grant Harris

From drone warfare to the targeting of Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama’s legacy on peace and security issues is largely being defined by a range of high-profile decisions and policies on...

Sanctions Against Russia: Relief or Expansion Under Trump?

by Walter Pincus

Sometime in the next 30 days, President Barack Obama should add to the economic sanctions now applied to Russia as a response to Moscow’s hacking and other cyber operations that attempted to...

Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

by Ambassador Dennis Ross

As the United States prepares for a new administration, The Cipher Brief‘s Leone Lakhani sits down with Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a...

An Intelligence Officer's Guide to Dissent

by Steven Ward

Throughout my nearly 30 years at CIA, I was regularly reminded of the scripture that serves as a philosophical foundation of the Agency’s work. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall...

When Does a President Become a National Security Risk?

by John McLaughlin

There are a couple of key questions we should all have when it comes to the difference of opinion between President-elect Donald Trump and the CIA about whether Russia launched cyber operations with...

The U.S. and Russia: No Détente Anytime Soon

by Michael Sulick

In the recent past, every new U.S. administration has attempted to improve relations with Russia to address mutual security threats such as combating terrorism. Both President George W. Bush and...