The Steele Dossier: Let Transparency Trump Politics

by Steven L. Hall

President Donald Trump, concerned that investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections cast doubt over his legitimacy, has consistently dismissed and denigrated such probes. The...

The 'Indo-Pacific': Redrawing the Map to Counter China

by RADM (Ret.) Paul Becker

President Donald Trump, national security advisor H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have begun using the term “Indo-Pacific” in recent months to refer to the region that extends...

Russia Aims to 'Demoralize and Confuse Us'

by Michael Morell and Sam Vinograd

Much has been written about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election – the theft and selective leaking of information, the attempt to tamper with state voting systems, and the weaponization of...

Don't Pass Surveillance Legislation in the Dark

by Sen. Ron Wyden

Politicians who support broad, unchecked government surveillance authorities are once again rushing to approve a sweeping program at the expense of Americans’ personal liberty and constitutional...

Trump Races Down 'Road to Authoritarianism'

by Walter Pincus

Don’t be diverted by gossip and bizarre tweets. The most important record of events shows that President Donald Trump and his allies are taking the U.S. federal government down a road toward...

How to Ditch 'Zombie' Cyber-Security Measures

by Jason Healey

We may be frustrated by the state of cybersecurity today, with the attackers getting better and more audacious year after year, but defenders would be even worse off without the dozens of...

Tehran Can’t ‘Paint Over’ Latest Unrest

by Norman T. Roule

Cipher Brief expert Norman Roule – a former CIA Mideast hand and DNI Iran Mission Manager – calls the demonstrations in Iran possibly the most significant since the 1979 revolution. He offers a...

Book Review: U.S. Spies Triumph in Tragedy against Hitler

by Daniel Hoffman

Wartime has been a force multiplier for espionage ever since the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington was the founding father of the art of intelligence. In World War II, the Office of...

Locked Doors, Open Windows: Failures in Guarding Private Sector Information

by Deborah Lee James

Not a day goes by that Americans don’t wake to the news of a new cyber intrusion affecting private sector or government networks, whether major cyber hacks at Target or Equifax, sloppy data...

American Democracy’s “Third World” Mutation

by Steven L. Hall

During my career as an operations officer in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, I was fortunate to have served in a number of out-of-the-way places. Where I lived and worked—the Balkans, Latin...