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The Cipher Brief’s expert contributors offer their views on the long-term, strategic issues facing security and business today to help identify and discuss risks and opportunities emerging from global events.
The Cost of Rushing into Raqqa
by Ambassador Robert Ford
The Trump Administration last week announced it deployed hundreds of U.S. Marines and Army Rangers to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, from...
The End of the American Dream?
by Carmen Medina
I’ve been a Puerto Rican all my life. I’ve also been an American citizen all my life. My ethnicity tended to confuse representatives of foreign governments, who didn’t comprehend how a Puerto Rican...
Bush, Obama, Trump and American Power
by Rafael D. Frankel
George W. Bush and Barack Obama were, in many ways, polar opposites in world view. The former saw black and white and an eternal struggle between good and evil, where those on the side of morality...
It’s a Win-Win-Win Scenario for Russia
by Steven L. Hall
Even before the release of the unclassified version of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions regarding Russian hacking and involvement in the U.S. presidential elections, before President-...
Six Ways to Recommit to the U.S. Partnership with Saudi Arabia
by Ambassador Gary Grappo
Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president, subscribed to the philosophy, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” a line attributed to Sun Tzu, the famous sixth-century Chinese military...
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...
The Failure to Negotiate with North Korea
by Joseph Detrani
In our graduate school, we emphasize the importance of understanding the history, culture, and political system of an adversary, which often gives you a better appreciation of how they view strategic...
Re-Thinking Iraq: A Problem Can Become a Solution
by Charles Duelfer
Should we think of Iraq as a solution rather than a problem? For most Americans, Iraq is immediately associated with words like: disaster, problem, mess, intractable, resource drain,...
The Lord's Resistance Army: Still a Threat
by Ledio Cakaj and Ronald Atkinson
Exactly five years ago this October, about 100 United States Army Special Forces deployed in Central Africa to assist the Ugandan military in its fight against the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (...