Why “Unprecedented” is Never the Right Word for Russian Election-Meddling

by Mark Kelton

There is no adjective to which I have a greater aversion than “unprecedented.” Such language is most often intended to describe challenges more daunting than anyone has previously faced or...

Iran Nuke Deal Finances Tehran’s Ambitions to Dominate Mideast

by General Jack Keane

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the signing of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers—the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany—The Cipher Brief sat...

The Pros Chase Intel and Facts – and They Don’t Leak

by John Sipher

The dueling Republican and Democratic talking points on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election were on full display during the recent testimony of former CIA Director John Brennan to...

Should a Tech Giant Sit on the UN Security Council?

by Todd Rosenblum

The technology sector continues to disrupt and remake scores of industries, from brick and mortar retail, to medicine, transportation, operations management, and financial services. Government is...

Qatar Controversy: U.S. Creates Vacuum with Mixed Messaging

by Walter Pincus

Today’s diplomatic chaos pitting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, and other Sunni states against Qatar, can be partly blamed on Trump’s ill thought out utterances and...

Turkey’s Security Deteriorates, Economy Falters

by Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

The Fund For Peace’s 2017 Fragile States Index paints an alarming, but justified, picture of Turkey: it is declining dramatically in most areas measured by the index. Turkey saw drops in security,...

How Cyber-Jihadists Protect Their Identities and Their Posts

by Laith Alkhouri

ISIS has become infamous for using the Internet to radicalize and recruit individuals worldwide. Lesser known, however, are the tech-savvy ISIS supporters who dedicate their time and resources not...

How Innovators Are Disrupting the Space Race – In a Good Way

by Deborah Lee James

When SpaceX successfully launched the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-76 into orbit last month from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and recovered the rocket’s first stage, it...

Deploying Cyber to the Front Lines of Battle

by Bill Leigher

The separation of the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA) would have two major and immediate effects. It would allow the Cyber Command to develop tools built specifically for...

U.S, North Korea Play Cat and Mouse Game Over Nukes

by Walter Pincus

Editor’s Note: The North Korean test on Tuesday of what is believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of hitting Alaska, has the U.S. and the rest of the international community...