Dealing with Turkey: Don’t Expect Miracles

by Nick Fishwick

Turkey has once again been very much on Europeans’ minds. This time, the issue has been about the Turkish referendum on April 16 over whether the country moves from its current parliamentary system...

Trump Supplemental Budget to Fight ISIS, Build the Wall

by Walter Pincus

The Trump administration is building up American ground forces available in Kuwait to fight against Islamic terrorists in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. At the same time, the White House is stepping...

The Man in the Kremlin Must Be Smiling

by Mark Kelton

Vladimir Putin is smiling because he thrives on chaos, particularly in the camp of the “Main Enemy,” a term the Soviet and Russian intelligence services have long used to refer to the United...

America Needs Smart Power, Not Just Hard Power

by Admiral James Stavridis

Amidst a busy week in national security, The Cipher Brief’s CEO and Publisher, Suzanne Kelly, spoke with Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, author of the new book The...

Book Review: "Enhanced Interrogation"

by Steve Hirsch

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying to Destroy America is a firsthand account of the CIA’s controversial interrogation program – which most...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love our Crowded Skies

by Robert Cardillo

You may not realize it, but every day you interact with geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).  Whether it’s the think tank that’s monitoring the Syrian refugee migrations, the academic institutions...

The IC Is Not a Murky Cabal Pulling the Strings in Washington

by John Sipher

A recent narrative has taken hold among journalists and pundits that a “deep state” is behind the recent flood of leaks embarrassing the Trump Administration.  It is a notion that the...

Nuclear Posture Review: Response to Russia?

by Walter Pincus

Pressure is growing for development of a new, U.S., low-yield, land-based or air-launched, tactical nuclear weapon as a response to Russia’s recent deployment of a nuclear-capable,...

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,...

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...