Can Tillerson Sing Trump’s Tune on North Korea?

by Gordon Chang

Rex Tillerson could be the worst of the 69 secretaries of state in the history of the republic, but he did not deserve the drubbing he took Sunday from his boss. Moreover, Washington’s efforts to...

Gen. Dunford’s Clear-Eyed Take on Koreas Crisis

by Walter Pincus

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford set out his views on key national security issues last Tuesday during the Senate Armed Services Committee’s confirmation hearing for his second, two-year...

Cyber Command Is Growing Up. Now For the Real Issue.

by Jason Healey

The Cipher Brief Cyber Advisory Board convenes meetings with some of the most innovative thinkers across government and the private sector, tackling a range of cyber threats. Meetings are...

An American Tragedy of Puerto Rico

by Carmen Medina

Puerto Rico may well be the most unusual and paradoxical situation in world affairs, and now it ranks among the most tragic. The existence of more than 7 million Puerto Ricans would rank Puerto Rico...

The Rise of the Authoritarian Internet

by Daniel Hoffman

In May 2015, Russia and China signed a “nonaggression pact” in cyberspace. They agreed not to target each other with cyber attacks and promote the idea of sovereignty in cyberspace. China and...

Staying with Iran Nuclear Deal is Trump’s ‘Only Real Option’

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Donald Trump’s address to assembled world leaders at the United Nations last week raised new doubts about his willingness to renew waivers for Iran and continue with the Iran nuclear accord, known...

Trump’s Erratic Rhetoric Increases Risk of War in Koreas

by Walter Pincus

Saturday’s Pentagon announcement that B-1B bombers escorted by F-15C fighters had flown a route above the demilitarized zone in international airspace over the Sea of Japan east of North Korea,...

Why Unmasking is Critical to National Security

by Michael J. Morell

In mid-March, The Cipher Brief spoke with former CIA Acting and Deputy Director Michael Morell about the issue of “unmasking” – the common practice of executive branch officials...

Daniel Silva's House of Spies: Old Spies Don’t Die or Fade Away

by Michael Sulick

As General Douglas MacArthur famously said, “Old soldiers don’t die, they just fade away.” In the world of fiction, old spies don’t die or fade away – they remain ageless,...

Trump’s Tough U.N. Rhetoric Reassures U.S. Allies

by General Jack Keane

President Donald Trump delivered his address this week at the United Nations General Assembly with a focus on the importance of sovereignty and the threats posed by rogue regimes he called “the...