In Brief: Daniel S. Markey on American Hostage Released

Pakistan has helped broker the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their five children who had been held for half a decade by the Haqqani Network, an Afghan militant group, US officials announced Thursday. The family is on their way back home after their captivity, and their return represents the latest chapter in a perennially complex US relationship with Pakistan. Although a key partner in confronting terrorist groups, US officials have hoped for more cooperation from Islamabad. The Cipher Brief spoke with Daniel S. Markey, a research professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, to find out more about what the hostage release means for U.S. national security and the region as a whole.

In Brief: Joseph Giacalone on the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

The Cipher Brief spoke with Joseph Giacalone, a criminology professor and former law enforcement officer, on the mass shooting in Las Vegas this Sunday, the deadliest in U.S. history.

In Brief: Jake Sullivan on Rising Tensions with North Korea

During a tumultuous week between the US and North Korea, The Cipher Brief’s CEO and Publisher Suzanne Kelly sat down with National Security expert Jake Sullivan to discuss the kind of crisis the Trump Administration is facing, and how best to handle the situation.

In Brief: Graham Allison on Why the U.S. & China are Destined for War"

With rising tensions between the U.S. and China, The Cipher Brief’s CEO and Publisher Suzanne Kelly speaks with Graham Allison, author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap. As the Director of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, he’s also a pre-eminent voice on U.S.-China relations. With the release of his book this week, Graham tells Suzanne why he believes the two superpowers are destined for war.

In Brief: Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell on National Security Priorities

In this special 'Georgetown Salon' edition, Cipher Brief CEO & Publisher Suzanne Kelly talks with former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell about his highest-ranking national security concerns ranging from the potentially devastating impact of Wikileaks disclosures on U.S. intelligence gathering to encouraging a more aggressive focus on Russian activities to North Korea's dangerous nuclear ambitions.

In Brief: Amb. Robert Ford on the Cost of Rushing into Raqqa

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. The Trump Administration announced last week that around 400 U.S. Marines and Army Rangers have been deployed to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, from the extremist terror group. The Cipher Brief’s National Security Reporter Kaitlin Lavinder asked former U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2011-2014) Robert Ford if this signals a significant change in strategy. Ford says, the deployment of the troops near Raqqa is actually not a huge change, but the recent deployment of Special Operations Forces to the town of Manbij is a much bigger change. 

In Brief: Gen. Jack Keane’s Views on Gen. Michael Flynn’s Resignation

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, there have been questions about the security implications of his conversations with the Russian Ambassador during the transition period. But speaking to The Cipher Brief’s Leone Lakhani, Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, says he doesn’t believe it was a security violation. Rather, he says, it was a matter of broken trust.

In Brief: Gen. Jack Keane’s insight on Gen. James Mattis

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the Senate confirmation hearings underway for Donald Trump's top government posts, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis is the nominee for Secretary of Defense. The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer Leone Lakhani caught up with Jack Keane, retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Army Staff, who recommended Gen. Mattis to the Trump team. She asks him what assets Gen. Mattis would bring to post.

In Brief: Dep. Sec. of State Antony Blinken on Challenges ahead for Tillerson

The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the Senate confirmation hearings underway for Donald Trump's top government posts, former ExxonMobil chairman Rex Tillerson is the nominee for Secretary of State. The Cipher Brief’s Executive Producer Leone Lakhani talks to Antony Blinken, the current Deputy Secretary of State, to find out what diplomatic challenges he sees as the most pressing for the next administration.

In Brief: Fmr. Senior Pentagon official Todd Rosenblum on Ret. USMC Gen. John Kelly

The "In Brief" podcast brings you The Cipher Brief's take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. With the Senate confirmation hearings underway for Donald Trump's top government posts, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly is the nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security. The Cipher Brief's Executive Producer Leone Lakhani talks to Todd Rosenblum, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, who knew and worked with General Kelly, to find out more abotu the next potential Homeland Security Secretary.