The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin: A Political Psychology Profile

by Kenneth Dekleva

In 2000, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, then a relative unknown outside of Russia, visited Japan.  Part of his trip included a visit to the Kodokan, the historic Judo school founded by Jigoro...

The World We’ve Created: A Review of "True Faith and Allegiance"

by John Sipher

When the Cipher Brief folks asked me to review the latest “Tom Clancy” novel, I was hesitant.  I already have a pile of books that I actually want to read, and I usually hate these type of...

IC Says Goodbye to one of its Highest Ranking Women

by Suzanne Kelly

Sometimes the best state secret isn’t a secret—it’s a person. Stephanie O’Sullivan spent the bulk of her career keeping secrets for the United States Intelligence Community, and even as she...

Pushing Back on Snowden: A Review of "How America Lost Its Secrets"

by General Michael Hayden

Edward Epstein began his career as an investigative journalist while he was still a graduate student at Cornell more than a half century ago, taking on the Warren Commission’s report on the...

President-elect Trump: Can He Keep His Eyes on the Road?

by Walter Pincus

“The great thing about being around Donald Trump is, you never have any confusion about who is driving the bus,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. I question...

Putin's Perfect Gift

by Michael Morell

Noon on January 20th provides an excellent opportunity for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give President-Elect Donald Trump the perfect inauguration gift – Edward Snowden. A reminder:...

"Patriots Day," a Patriotic Film and Stark Reminder: A Review

by Michael Morell

Let me start this with a confession: this is my first movie review.  It’s not something I thought I would ever do, but I was moved to put pen to paper after seeing an early screening of the film...

North Korea: A Vexing Problem for the New U.S. President

by Joel S. Wit

Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s speech has triggered fevered speculation about the possibility of an impending North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, even provoking President-elect...

Cybersecurity: A Whole-of-National Power Approach

by Todd Rosenblum

President Barack Obama’s decision to impose a range of sanctions against Russia for its successful network strike and information operation against the U.S. electoral process was an excellent first...

Deterring Moscow’s Cyber Threat

by Walter Pincus

Let’s agree on one thing, when it comes to Russia’s recent interference with the U.S. presidential election, no one yet has found a way to deter President Vladimir Putin from doing it again –...