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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.
Despite Promising Signs, China's North Korea Policy Unchanged
by Derek Grossman
Official statements and public discussions on China’s willingness to punish or otherwise influence North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a direction favorable to U.S. interests have been markedly...
Making Iraq Great Again
by Ambassador Gary Grappo
It is probably not a bad thing that U.S. President Donald Trump recently dispatched Jared Kusher, his son-in-law and his Administration’s jack-of-all-issues, to Iraq. As one of the few White House...
Turkey’s Ties to the West are in Deep Trouble
by Soner Cagaptay
Speaking at a rally in Istanbul on March 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan further escalated his ongoing fight with Europe: “Have you [Europeans] not burned and destroyed my mosques? You are...
A Punch in the Nose for Iran
by Steven Ward
Now that President Donald Trump has demonstrated his willingness to get tough with a regional bad actor by using a cruise missile attack to punish the Assad regime and try to deter it from any future...
Syria: This Could Be Good Time to Press for Ceasefire
by Ambassador Dennis Ross
The U.S. military launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles from two naval warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat air base near Homs in Syria, on Thursday night. The Pentagon said the base was...
Don’t Write the UN Off – Here’s Why
by Paul Heinbecker
The Trump Administration budget includes deep cuts to some U.S. agencies, including the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as U.S. foreign aid. The cut includes the U...
The Media and Global Leaders Still Missing the Mark on Trump
by Rafael D. Frankel
The elites still don’t get it. Brexit, Trump, surging right-wing nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic; and yet time after time, the media and global leaders who helped steer the U.S. and...
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...