The Leader to Watch in 2021

by Kenneth Dekleva

Dr. Kenneth Dekleva served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (including 5 years at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation) with the U.S. Dept. of State during 2002-2016, and is...

Amid Normalization with Israel, Sudan's Future Hangs in the Balance

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Gary Grappo is a former U.S. ambassador who held senior positions including Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman; and...

How China Masters the Art of Propaganda

by William O'Hara

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by...

What Follows Bahrain's Normalization of Relations with Israel?

by Emile Nakhleh

Cipher Brief Expert Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. Nakhleh is currently a...

Vladimir Putin's Tragic Isolation

by Kenneth Dekleva

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by...

Poison, Protest & Putin's Power

by John McLaughlin

OPINION — Taken together, the protests underway in Belarus and the poisoning of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny — by what German doctors now say was the nerve agent Novichok — tap into...

Are We Experiencing a Secondary Epidemic?

by Kevin J. Buckley

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Mission First: Acquisition Reform

by Brett Davis

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UAE-Israel deal serves bilateral relations, not larger issues

by Emile Nakhleh

Cipher Brief Expert  Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. Nakhleh is currently...

Why Pakistan Really Wants the US Out of Afghanistan

by Tim Willasey-Wilsey

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