Appraisal of Trump's First G20 Summit

Last week, President Trump visited Europe, first giving a popular speech in Poland and then attending the G-20 Summit in Germany. While in Germany, he met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time. So how should we assess President Trump’s European Trip? Here’s my perspective, In My Own Words, no holds barred.

The Rising Tensions Between America and Russia Over Syria

I'm Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. A U.S. jet shot down a Syrian warplane that was dropping bombs near U.S. led, anti-ISIS fighters in Syria. In response, Russia has threatened to target U.S. and coalition aircraft flying over Syria east of the Euphrates River. So what does this escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Russia mean? Here's my perspective, In My Own Words, no holds barred. 

How Qatar's Diplomatic Rift Affects U.S. Forces

I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. This week we saw many Arab states sever ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar is a key U.S. ally, with more than 10,000 American troops stationed at military bases in Doha. So what does this mean for the United States? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.

U.S. Strategy the Day After Mosul

I'm Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. As the Battle for Mosul nears its end, what should the U.S. strategy be in the day after scenario, not just in Mosul, but Iraq all together? How do we bring all the parties to the table? Here's my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred. 

ISIS to Afghanistan: What Role Can NATO Play?

I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. In the wake of the Manchester attack, how do we fight ISIS? As President Donald Trump attends his first NATO meeting, what role can the alliance play? What should Nato’s strategy be elsewhere in Afghanistan and Russia? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred. 

North Korea: What Are The Options?

I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. I served the American people for almost 38 years. I’m an infantry paratrooper who commanded every level from company through corps. What do I think of U.S. strategy in North Korea? How much of a threat is North Korea? How should Washington and its allies handle the threat? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.