Fri, Apr 16, 2021

FastTake: What’s missing from US Intel’s 2021 Threat Assessment

The Director of National Intelligence’s Threat Assessment for 2021 outlines the US intelligence community’s projection of the most dangerous threats to the United States over the next year. But when we don’t practice the art of strategic foresight, we may leave ourselves vulnerable to strategic blind spots.

New Atlanticist by Barry Pavel and Ronald Marks

Intelligence Resilience

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Reading between the lines of the US intelligence community’s latest reports

What does it say about our system of government that hard truths are not absorbed? This year’s Annual Threat Assessment and Global Trends 2040 are blunt about the challenges facing the United States. But the warnings about China should have been heeded a decade or more ago.

New Atlanticist by Mathew Burrows

China Intelligence

Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Broken trust: Lessons from Sunburst

The story of trust is an old one, but the Sunburst cyber-espionage campaign was a startling reminder of the United States’ collective cyber insecurity and the inadequacy of current US strategy to compete in a dynamic intelligence contest in cyberspace.

Report by Trey Herr, Will Loomis, Emma Schroeder, Stewart Scott, Simon Handler, and Tianjiu Zuo

Cybersecurity Intelligence

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Garlauskas quoted in Wall Street Journal on North Korea’s strategic use of the phrase “denuclearization”

Markus Garlauskas was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article published on March 18, 2021 for his comments on how North Korea strategically uses the phrase “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” North Korea has long preferred to use the phrase “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” to emphasize its view of the mutual obligations imposed by […]

In the News

Intelligence Korea

Mon, Mar 22, 2021

Intelligence reform for peacetime – A call to reform and modernize the Afghan intelligence services

The United States, as it pushes for a political settlement and withdraws its troops from Afghanistan, needs to leave a credible and professional Afghan intelligence partner behind with whom it must partner for counter-terrorism (CT) missions post-withdrawal.

SouthAsiaSource by Tamim Asey

Afghanistan Defense Policy

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Warrick on CBS Evening News on 2020 election interference

On March 16, Forward Defense and Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs Nonresident Senior Fellow Thomas S. Warrick was interviewed on CBS Evening News regarding Russia and Iran interfering in the 2020 US elections.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Intelligence

Thu, Mar 11, 2021

Garlauskas on Sejong Society’s webinar: Nuclear North Korea and the Biden presidency

On February 24, Markus Garlauskas made an appearance as a panelist at a webinar titled, “Nuclear North Korea and the Biden Presidency” held by the Sejong Society. In a wide ranging discussion with the Sejong Society’s President, Garlauskas addressed a variety of questions relevant to the Biden Administration’s policies on North Korea. He emphasized the […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis

Intelligence Korea

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Garlauskas on Georgetown University’s webinar: US-China competition and the Korean Peninsula

On March 9, Markus Garlauskas made an appearance as a speaker at a webinar titled, “US-China Competition and the Korean Peninsula” held by the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University where he is currently teaching a course on North Korea as an adjunct professor in the university’s Security Studies Program. His discussion with Bonnie […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis

China Conflict

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Garlauskas on MIT’s Security Studies Program webinar on assessing North Korea

On February 24, Markus Garlauskas made an appearance as a guest speaker on a webinar, “Strategic Assessment of a Hard Target: North Korea,” held by the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Based on his two-decade experience as the US National Intelligence Officer for North Korea, Garlauskas discussed how to approach strategic […]

Timely Commentary & Analysis

Intelligence Korea

Sun, Mar 7, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in New York Post on the Khashoggi report

In the News

Intelligence Middle East


Thu, May 13, 2021

Czechmate? Russia’s relations with Czechia go up in smoke

Online Event As Czechia and Russia spar over groundbreaking reports of Russian intelligence operations in Czechia, this diplomatic crisis is fast becoming the latest significant flashpoint in Moscow's relations with Europe.

10:00am Central Europe Conflict Intelligence Politics & Diplomacy