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 Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. OPINION -- Bahrain’s ...

Daniel Hoffman is a former Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of distinguished government service included tours of duty in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and war zones in both the Middle East and South Asia. Hoffman is now an analyst with Fox News ...

Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. He is currently a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. OPINION -- According to Johns Hopkins ...

  Bottom Line Up Front On July 27, Bahrain executed three men, two of whom were Shia activists convicted of terrorism charges and murder. The trial of Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali has been condemned by human rights experts as a travesty, with allegations of torture and forced confessions. Bahrain’s ...

  Bottom Line Up Front Under the leadership of Jared Kushner, the administration is attempting to cobble together a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. The proposal has been harshly criticized by analysts and politicians alike, who note that Washington lacks credibility in the region and can hardly be viewed ...

The anti-regime convulsions currently underway in Algeria and Sudan are the latest version of an “Arab Spring” that erupted in 2011 and that Arab autocrats and their security regimes ultimately quashed. The massive street protests in Algeria and Sudan forced the presidents of both countries—Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Omar al-Bashir—to resign. ...

Cipher Brief Expert and former member of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service, Emile Nakhleh  was recently interviewed by the Bahrain Mirror.  The Cipher Brief is reprinting that conversation with permission. (Ed note:  Nahkleh will be speaking at The Cipher Brief's 2019 Threat Conference March 24-26) By Bahrain Mirror -- Two ...

This week Bahrain’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU)—one of the showcase pieces of reform the regime presents as evidence of progress on human rights—announced that it had received 17 complaints of human rights abuses during the month of April “including allegations of torture, ill-treatment and the use of excessive force by ...