At the Gates of Fallujah

by Ambassador Ryan Crocker

An assortment of Iraqi forces will drive Islamic State from Fallujah. Then the real trouble will start. In addition to army and police, a number of extremist Shia militias are on the scene. They are...

Implications for the U.S. of the Brexit Vote

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

President Barack Obama attracted much attention, positive and negative, for his comments during his April trip to the UK, advocating for Britain to remain in the EU.  The invitation to come to...

The Walls We Build

by Admiral James Stavridis

As the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, my operational headquarters was in central Belgium, not far from the World War One battlefield at Verdun.  During my time in command, I would...

The Affordability Challenge of Nuclear Modernization

by Walter Pincus

The White House and some Republicans in Congress are taking a second look at the need for, and the $1 trillion cost of, the planned, decades-long program to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons...

Worse Before It Gets Better: The Threat From ISIS

by Michael Morell

Last Thursday, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the current capabilities of the Islamic State saying,...

Orlando Attack Shows ISIS is Still Potent

by Mitch Silber

The Cipher Brief sat down with former Director of Analysis at the NYPD, Mitch Silber, to discuss the fallout from the Orlando attack this past week. According to Silber, the attack benefitted ISIS...

The Structure and Psychology of Drug Cartels

by Mike Vigil

One of the most prominent and visible characteristics of a transnational drug trafficking organization is the existence of a highly formal hierarchy that is distinguished by clearly defined levels of...

Trump vs. the GOP on Foreign Policy

by Walter Pincus

How will Republicans paper over the sharp foreign policy differences between Donald Trump and the party’s congressional leadership? That problem was vividly illustrated when one compared the report...

An Act of Terror, An Act of Hate: Figuring Out What Happened in Orlando

by Elaine Lammert

At least 50 people were killed and 53 more were injured in an attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida this weekend, officials said, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The suspect,...

Futurist Marc Goodman on National Security Solutions for “Future Crimes”

by Mackenzie Weinger

Is it time to take a page out of the terrorist handbook when it comes to cybersecurity? Absolutely, cybercrime expert and futurist Marc Goodman says — and the government, military, and intelligence...