Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman is warning that military conflict with Iran would collapse the global economy.  He made the statement during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes and said that he prefers a political solution over a military option. "The region represents about 30 percent of the ...

The Indian-administered area of Kashmir has been on lockdown since the Indian government said earlier this week that it was revoking the region of its special constitutional status.  That special status – defined by Articles 370 and 35A in the Indian constitution -  provided for the Indian-controlled state of Jammu ...

  Bottom Line Up Front On December 11, the British Parliament will vote on a ‘finalized’ deal for exiting the European Union (EU). The deal is two parts—a lengthy legally-binding agreement and a more controversial, less-detailed common approach to future trade relations. The EU is by far the largest market ...

Cipher Brief Expert Stephanie Douglas, former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) National Security Branch, FBI weighs in on the practical challenges that U.S. businesses face in securing their technological advantage. The U.S. technology sector continues to be uniquely innovative compared to that of both our friends and adversaries in part, because ...

Most Americans will never have the opportunity to see, or fully understand, the training that goes into protecting the homeland.  Whether it’s a hurricane bearing down on the coastline or a terrorist event, there are a multitude of government specialists who are trained to respond.  A centerpiece of that training ...

Iran hasn’t been the only target of U.S. sanctions in the past week.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered retaliatory sanctions again two unnamed U.S. officials after the U.S. ordered sanctions against two Turkish ministers last week.  That action came in response to Turkey’s refusal to release North Carolina pastor ...

Will the Department of Defense amend its policies regarding troops carrying private firearms on military bases? More importantly, should it? In comments made last week following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., President Donald Trump told attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference he would re-examine these policies. Currently, only ...

The robbery of high profile personality Kim Kardashian in Paris shocked the celebrity stratosphere, but it also raised concrete questions about protocols, procedures and personal security. The reality TV star is regularly caught on camera flanked by bodyguards, but late Sunday night she was reportedly tied up in her bathroom ...

The Justice Department has dropped its legal effort to force Apple to unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack after the government found another way to crack the phone — without the tech giant’s help. With no legal precedent set in the ...

The current dispute between Apple and the FBI amplifies the ongoing debate between U.S. tech firms and law enforcement agencies about encryption.  At issue in this case is how to access an iPhone that belonged to one of the people responsible for the San Bernardino shooting in December 2015. The ...

Apple should not be coerced into hacking into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and we must get to a point as a society where law enforcement does not even make such a request. Mobile devices are not mere repositories for addresses, appointments, and email. As many people use them now, ...

When you ask average Americans about their perceptions of the relationship between the United States and Canada, they will undoubtedly talk about the NHL or the Vancouver Winter Olympics, or Toronto making the MLB playoffs or the Keystone pipeline, or maybe even the recent election of a new government in ...

Following his election on October 19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rekindled the spirit—in Canada and abroad—of Canadian optimism and goodwill in global affairs that was characteristic of his father Pierre’s governments (1968-1979, 1980-1984). The November 14 attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris, France revealed the other, less-often remembered commonality ...

After Canadians voted to replace the ruling Conservative party, electing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party to a majority government, questions immediately surfaced asking how it would impact Canada’s global security commitments. Based on the rhetoric and promises made by the Liberals during the campaign, many believe significant changes will occur.  The ...

When it comes to security, Canada is rarely recognized as one of the top players.  The Canadian elections last month, however, brought Canada’s security policies to the forefront of discussions, highlighting Canada’s active and crucial role in maintaining global stability. The Liberal Party won a clear majority over the Conservative ...

Having begun transforming its energy sector, the Mexican government is learning the ups and downs of opening its oil resources to foreign companies.  In July, Mexico held its first round of bidding on oil blocks made available to foreign companies.  The auction followed radical changes to the nation’s constitution enacted ...

Being abducted by gunmen, held for weeks or months in horrific conditions and then forced to pay colossal sums to be freed has been the grim reality for thousands of Mexicans in recent years. But finally, after kidnappings reached a record level in Mexico in 2013, the administration of President ...

The Cipher Brief spoke with Francisco Quiñones, the founder of Arcis International, a security, risk management, and crisis response consultancy based in Washington, DC.  Quinones, a kidnapping and ransom (K&R) expert, discussed the work his company does to ensure the safe return of kidnapping victims. The Cipher Brief:  Can you ...

The Cipher Brief spoke with retired DEA agent Michael Vigil to discuss the security situation in Mexico. Vigil, who served as DEA’s Chief of International Operations, offered his thoughts on the kidnapping threat.  The Cipher Brief: Can you speak a little about the security situation in Mexico and the various ...