Why Should the U.S. Care about a renewed Iran-Venezuela Relationship?

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Tammy Duckworth Attacks Trump over Dubious Russia Bounty Claims

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) attacked President Donald Trump Tuesday, saying he was not fit to be commander-in-chief because he allegedly overlooked intelligence reports of Russia paying bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In an op-ed published in USA Today, titled “Duckworth on Russia bounties: How dare Trump still call himself our commander in chief?”, the […]

Are We Ready for Another Shock?

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Xi’s Awful Arithmetic

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NATO Imagines Future Warfare

Innovation is a key component of readiness when it comes to future threats. NATO’s Innovation Hub recently commissioned a short story from author August Cole, asking him to draw upon his writing and imaginative abilities to create a picture of what NATO operations could be like in the year 2040. The Cipher Brief is pleased […]

COVID and Navigating the New Middle East Challenges

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Thinking in the Time of Coronavirus

Cipher Brief Expert Carmen Medina is a former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence and a 32-year veteran of the Intelligence Community.  Medina is also author of the book, Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. Thinking in the Time of Coronavirus – Part One  discussed three important thinking dynamics relevant to our analysis […]

Russia’s New Middle East Chessboard

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Piecing Together a Fragile Libya

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Soleimani and the True Measure of Deterrence

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