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United Nations headquarters
The wreckage of Dag Hammarskjold’s plane
The wreckage of Dag Hammarskjold’s plane

What Really Happened to Dag Hammarskjold’s Plane

More than 60 years after the deaths of the U.N. chief and his team, the victims’ families believe the answer may lie in Washington’s and London’s archives.

Japan’s presidential aircraft lands in Germany.
Japan’s presidential aircraft lands in Germany.

Germany Can Learn From Japan’s China Strategy

Berlin should import policies from another economic power in a similar predicament.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wave a Syrian flag.
Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wave a Syrian flag.

The Spy Who Could Have Saved Syria

An espionage thriller presents an alternative to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s failed policy toward the Assad regime.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.
CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

Avril Haines listens as Sen. Dianne Feinstein asks a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be President-elect Joe Biden’s director of national intelligence in Washington on Jan. 19.
Avril Haines listens as Sen. Dianne Feinstein asks a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be President-elect Joe Biden’s director of national intelligence in Washington on Jan. 19.
British writer John Le Carre attends a sreeening of "The Night Manager" at the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on Feb. 18, 2016.
British writer John Le Carre attends a sreeening of "The Night Manager" at the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on Feb. 18, 2016.

What Spies Really Think About John le Carré

The British novelist didn’t just write about the world of intelligence. He changed it forever.

A mock offer of "Novichok Tea" is seen in front of an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin outside the Russian embassy in Berlin during a protest on September 23, 2020. (Odd Anderson/AFP/ Getty Images)
A mock offer of "Novichok Tea" is seen in front of an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin outside the Russian embassy in Berlin during a protest on September 23, 2020. (Odd Anderson/AFP/ Getty Images)

Bellingcat Can Say What U.S. Intelligence Can’t

Open-source investigations enable officials and lawmakers to discuss Russian skullduggery without exposing sources and methods of U.S. intelligence

U.S. Marines stand outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana
U.S. Marines stand outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana
A “misinformation newsstand” aiming to educate voters about disinformation ahead of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as seen in Manhattan on Oct. 30, 2018.
A “misinformation newsstand” aiming to educate voters about disinformation ahead of the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as seen in Manhattan on Oct. 30, 2018.

Forget Counterterrorism, the United States Needs a Counter-Disinformation Strategy

If the U.S. government wants to win the information wars, Cold War-era tactics won’t cut it anymore.

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.
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.

Paramilitary police officers wear face masks and goggles amid COVID-19 concerns as they march outside the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, in Beijing on May 1.
Paramilitary police officers wear face masks and goggles amid COVID-19 concerns as they march outside the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, in Beijing on May 1.

U.S. at Risk of Being Outpaced by China, a New Intel Committee Report Finds

An assessment by the House Intelligence Committee says the United States will be hard-pressed to meet China’s multidimensional challenge if it stays in a counterterrorism mindset.

A Chinese soldier and an Indian solider stand guard at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China on July 10, 2008.
A Chinese soldier and an Indian solider stand guard at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China on July 10, 2008.
Boris Johnson slips over while competing in a tug of war during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015 in London.
Boris Johnson slips over while competing in a tug of war during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015 in London.

Britain Is Botching This Cold War Just Like the Last One

British politicians and spies are continuing a tradition of sticking their heads in the sand against inconvenient attacks.

Anti-Brexit supporters protest outside Downing Street in Westminster, urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to release the report from the Intelligence and Security Committee examining Russian infiltration in British politics, in London on Jan. 18.
Anti-Brexit supporters protest outside Downing Street in Westminster, urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to release the report from the Intelligence and Security Committee examining Russian infiltration in British politics, in London on Jan. 18.

4 Key Takeaways From the British Report on Russian Interference

The U.K., in contrast to the United States, never sought to establish how much Russia may have interfered with the 2016 Brexit referendum, a parliamentary committee concluded.

John Ratcliffe testifies during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 5.
John Ratcliffe testifies during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 5.

Trump’s New Director of National Intelligence Doesn’t Understand His Job

John Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist without intelligence experience, sees his job as helping the president and undermining the intelligence community.

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China Will Use Huawei to Spy Because So Would You

There is a long, and secret, history of countries—including Britain and the United States—forcing companies to protect national security by helping them eavesdrop in bulk.

Ruslan Boshirov
Ruslan Boshirov

What’s This Unit of Russian Spies That Keeps Getting Outed?

Unit 29155 of the GRU is behind plenty of Russia’s high-profile misadventures abroad—and now, apparently, the bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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

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