The (Soft) Power to Transform Fragile States

by Larry Sampler

Challenges facing those who work in the developing world are complex, profound, varied, and sometimes existential. They range from assuring the health and security of our staff in settings where...

Russia Wins When U.S. Stops Arming Anti-Assad Rebels

by Robert Richer

President Trump has decided to end the CIA-sponsored program to arm Syrian anti-Assad rebels, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.  The newspaper quotes U.S. officials as saying the...

Dunkirk: The Larger-than-Life Story on a Larger-than-Life Screen

by Will Edwards

If you don’t know what a Stukka Dive Bomber sounds like, you will never forget its eerie, piercing wail after watching Dunkirk. It is sound, not gory acts of violence or stunning set-piece battle...

When Nations Slice and Dice the Web to Fit Their Politics

by Michael Chertoff

Views of data and privacy vary from country to country. But former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the internet was made to be global. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder talked...

The Great Expectations for Susan M. Gordon

by Suzanne Kelly

As Susan M. Gordon sits before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing to be the next Principal Deputy Director to the Director of National Intelligence, it’s difficult to...

Will Congress Break the Budget Caps This Time Around?

by Walter Pincus

The Congress is heading for another budget crisis as the beginning of fiscal 2018 approaches on October 1. At issue is when and how Congress will act to repeal, replace, or amend – not Obamacare in...

Nations, Even Adversaries, Must Work Out Cyber Issues – Carefully

by Michael Daniel

How should nations collaborate in cyberspace? Can a nation like the U.S. and one like Russia bridge their views on data collection? What’s the future of artificial intelligence? The Cipher...

When the NSA Spots a Crack in Commercial Software – Should It Tell?

by Natalie Vanatta

One of the only tasks the U.S. Constitution declares that the federal government must do is to provide for the common defense. That is the government’s foundational truth and purpose; to protect...

The Power of the Presidency Rests on Responsibility to the American People

by Robert Eatinger

According to press reporting, President Donald Trump, during a meeting in the Oval Office on May 10, disclosed to the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to the United States, highly...

Can Terrorists Beat the U.S. Laptop Ban, Screening Technologies?

by Robert J. Bunker

Late last month, the Department of Homeland Security initiated new security measures for all international commercial flights bound to the United States, a move that could potentially lead to either...