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President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media in Delaware.

And the Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Are…

Biden’s final picks could ultimately hinge on two runoff Senate races in Georgia, which will determine who controls the upper chamber.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

This November, America’s Safety Is on the Ballot

Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.

A man walks across the seal of the CIA at the lobby at CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, on Feb. 19, 2009.

CIA Recruitment Has Joined the Social Media Age

A new video tries to make spying for the United States attractive for today’s youth—but cuts some corners along the way.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset

The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.

Rioters run in the streets of Tehran in August 1953.

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.

A policeman secures Terminal 1 after a scuffle with pro-democracy protestors at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019.

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.

Protesters demonstrate bill on June 16, 2019 in Hong Kong.

Beijing Blames Foreigners When Hong Kongers March

Belief in foreign spies is projection about the Party's own overseas activities.

A screen grab from a propaganda video released April 29 purportedly shows Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the first time in five years at an undisclosed location.

‘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.

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The China Syndrome

On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing’s interference in the affairs of other countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.

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.

Then-CIA Director John Brennan testifies during a Senate committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 16, 2016. (Evy Mages/Getty Images)

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.

Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Escalates Feud With Former CIA Chief Brennan

Four questions on security clearances and their value in Washington.

Illustration by Kotryna Zukauskaite for Foreign Policy

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.

Gina Haspel is sworn in during her confirmation hearing to become CIA director in Washington, D.C., on May 9. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel waits for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 9. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA

Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.

CIA director nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on May 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Haspel Nomination Fight, Iran Deal Deadline Looms

Gina Haspel wanted to withdraw her nomination before the White House prevailed upon her.

Congressional candidates Elissa Slotkin, Gina Ortiz Jones, Regina Bateson, Sarah Jacobs, Tom Malinowski, and Andy Kim. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images/Ana Isabel Photography/Regina Bateson campaign/Tom Malinowski campaign/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Andy Kim campaign/Foreign Policy illustration)

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.

U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on April 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson

The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.

Protesters stand and chant behind Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo before his confirmation hearing in the Senate on April 12. (Jim WatsonAFP/Getty Images)

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.

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