Don’t Just Blame Washington for the 1953 Iran Coup
Declassified evidence shows that Iranians, including clerics, played a significant role in the events of Aug. 19, 1953—and that after an earlier failed coup attempt, the CIA was left in the dark.
Beijing’s Paranoia Sees the CIA Under Every Rock
Chinese propagandists are throwing around wild allegations in Hong Kong—but the leadership may really believe them.
Beijing Blames Foreigners When Hong Kongers March
Belief in foreign spies is projection about the Party's own overseas activities.
‘Let’s Kill This Baby in the Crib’
That’s what the CIA said when it had Osama bin Laden in its sights after 9/11. Instead, America veered off into Iraq, and the result is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who appeared in a new video this week.
The China Syndrome
On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing’s interference in the affairs of other countries.
Trump Thinks He’s Helping the U.S.-Saudi Relationship. He’s Hurting It.
By avoiding a credible investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, dismissing CIA findings, and failing to take advantage of his negotiating leverage, the American president has imperiled the future of an important strategic alliance.
The Real Reasons Trump Was Wrong to Revoke Brennan’s Clearance
The president is destroying national security norms. Former officials like me need to speak up.
Trump Escalates Feud With Former CIA Chief Brennan
Four questions on security clearances and their value in Washington.
Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents
The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.
He Feared the CIA Would Delete a Document Detailing Its Torture Program. So He Took It.
On our podcast: A Senate investigator who exposed the agency’s torture secrets tells his story.
Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA
Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.
Security Brief: Haspel Nomination Fight, Iran Deal Deadline Looms
Gina Haspel wanted to withdraw her nomination before the White House prevailed upon her.
Can Obama’s National Security Braintrust Get Elected in the Age of Trump?
Foreign-policy alumni are trying to shake off the “D.C. insider” reputation and sail into Congress.
Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson
The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.
Pompeo Gets a Grilling on the Hill
Mike Pompeo’s charm offensive may have stumbled out of the gate in his confirmation hearing to be Trump’s top diplomat.
Pompeo Braces for Brutal Confirmation Fight
With a tight vote looming, lawmakers hope to extract the outgoing CIA chief’s pledge to restore a damaged State Department.
China's global kidnapping campaign has gone on for years. It may now be reaching inside U.S. borders.
Good Riddance to CIA Director Pompeo
Nobody's throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.
A Torturer to Critics, a Consummate Professional to Colleagues
Trump's CIA pick could break the agency's glass ceiling — if she can answer tough questions on interrogation methods.