The Interrogation of Saddam: An Opportunity of a Lifetime

by John Nixon

This week, The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani speaks to John Nixon, author of “Debriefing The President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.” John was the first...

The Interrogation of Saddam and Dispelling Myths

by John Nixon

This week The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer and Reporter Leone Lakhani speaks to John Nixon, author of “Debriefing The President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.” John, who spent much...

The Man Behind "Rise of the Machines"

by Thomas Rid

“Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History” (2016) tells the story of cybernetics, a control theory of man and machine devised by mathematician Norbert Wiener after WWII. Author Thomas...

"The End of the Asian Century": Exploring Asia’s Future

by Michael Auslin

Conventional wisdom suggests Asia’s increasing wealthy and educated population will make it the most dynamic region of the world and that it will drive the global economy in the 21st century....

Fix What is Broken: Bringing Technocracy to America

by Parag Khanna

On November 8 last year, Donald Trump upended the American political system with his surprising electoral victory over Hillary Clinton. That result has raised many questions about the U.S. political...

The Haunting Images from Syria: A review of "A Whole World Blind"

by Carmen Gentile

The fighting in Syria – and ever-rising death toll of civilians caught in the middle – is so horrifying that many seemingly have chosen to look away. Though hundreds of thousands are killed and...

The World We’ve Created: A Review of "True Faith and Allegiance"

by John Sipher

When the Cipher Brief folks asked me to review the latest “Tom Clancy” novel, I was hesitant.  I already have a pile of books that I actually want to read, and I usually hate these type of...

"Patriots Day," a Patriotic Film and Stark Reminder: A Review

by Michael Morell

Let me start this with a confession: this is my first movie review.  It’s not something I thought I would ever do, but I was moved to put pen to paper after seeing an early screening of the film...

Discussing "The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force"

by Eliot Cohen

As January 20th approaches, America prepares for a new Commander-in-Chief, who will face one of the most difficult foreign policy landscapes since the end of the Cold War. The rise of China as a...

Tracking Down Escobar: The Real Story

by Steve Murphy

“Narcos” is the Netflix fictionalized series that traces the rise and fall of one of the world’s most notorious narcotic traffickers, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. (Spoiler Alert: If you...