A Call for an End to Harassment in National Security Workplaces

by Carmen Landa Middleton

Alongside news about North Korean missile tests, Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and “Rexit” (Is Rex Tillerson in or out at the State Department?), we are witnessing almost daily reporting of...

How Britain’s GCHQ Decides Which Secrets to Share with You

by Robert Hannigan

The Trump Administration’s National Security Council has released an unclassified set of guidelines for determining when the U.S. government will disclose – rather than retain for espionage...

Open Source Information: Info Ops' Untapped Weapon

by Carmen Landa Middleton

There has been growing discussion about the importance of open source information – both in terms of the power and potential of creating and disseminating news and narratives worldwide, whether...

How Putin’s Attempts at Deception Failed in Ukraine

by Major General Volodymyr Havrylov

Concealment, imitation and disinformation – tactics known as maskirovka – were part of a Soviet doctrine used by their military and intelligence services – namely the KGB and GRU. The...

9/11 Commission Director: No Evidence that CIA Sought to Recruit Hijackers

by Philip Zelikow

In our continuing drive to spur healthy debate in the national security space, The Cipher Brief is sharing this op-ed from Philip Zelikow, the Former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission,...

Islamic Scholars Go Head-to-Head with ISIS Propaganda Machine

by Bashir Ahmad Ansar

The recent terror attacks in Barcelona and Finland stand as a stark reminder of the dangers of not just terrorism, but also the radicalization underpinning it. Shortly after the attacks, ISIS came...

President Trump & the Iran Nuclear Deal – A European Perspective

by Clovis Meath Baker

President Donald Trump’s recent decision not to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA has stimulated much debate on both sides of the Atlantic. But whilst in the U.S., both sides of the...

Confronting Iran Doesn’t Have to Mean Scrapping Nuclear Deal

by Norman T. Roule

President Donald Trump’s non-certification of Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal has shaken the diplomatic firmament, infuriated the deal’s...

Venezuelan ‘Government in Exile' Sets Up Shop in D.C.

by Vanessa Neumann

Today, Friday the 13th, the Organization of American States puts its stamp of approval on Venezuela’s embattled political opposition when it swears in Venezuelan Supreme Court judges,...

How Deterrence Fundamentals Function in Cyberspace

by James Van de Velde

Deterrence is based on the elements of denial (denying an adversary’s attempt to attack our interests) and punishment (inflicting unacceptable costs to the attacker in reply for having conducted...