In the second part of a Cipher Brief two-part series on the significant implications of the battle for Hodeida, Cipher Brief Expert Norm Roule, who is also the ODNI’s former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, shares his secrets for understanding how today’s actions are influenced by the past and how ...

The United States must act to prevent further ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority group in Myanmar and hold perpetrators accountable by international sanction, lawmakers said Tuesday. “Make no mistake, atrocities are taking place in Burma. We have perpetrators who expect impunity and there’s no reason to doubt that that may in ...

The Trump Administration has proposed a 28 percent cut to State Department funding and other international programs in order to help pay for an increase of $54 billion to military spending next year. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder spoke with J. J. Messner, the Executive Director of the Fund for ...

Remotely controlled aircraft, or drones, have long become common in military settings—possibly most infamously pictured as a U.S. Predator launching Hellfire missiles at suspected terrorists in far corners of the globe. How can they be used for humanitarian purposes, though? The Cipher Brief spoke with former U.S. Ambassador Jack Chow, ...

While receiving significant publicity from global media, the rise of the humanitarian drone is so far more of a whimper than a bang. This article explores some critical perspectives behind the limited use of drones. In 2016, the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) undertook the first systematic survey on perceptions ...