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CIB analyst joins elite intelligence program at University of Cambridge
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CIB analyst joins elite intelligence program at University of Cambridge

In the summer of 2019, Joseph Cain, longtime CIB executive and head of the organization’s Latin America Desk, was accepted in the Cambridge Security Initiative’s International Security and Intelligence (ISI) program. This elite program takes place at the University of Cambridge in England and features the participation of top officials from the CIA, MI6, NSA, and other Western intelligence agencies. Last summer’s ISI featured talks by Chris Inglis, former deputy director of NSA, and Sir Richard Dearlove, former director of MI6. Continue reading

CIB executive is awarded prestigious internship in DC
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CIB executive is awarded prestigious internship in DC

Soon after graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Intelligence and National Security Studies (August 2019, summa cum laude), CIB executive Tyra Bjorlo was awarded a prestigious internship to research al-Qaeda with the Critical Threats Project of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. Internships with the AEI’s Critical Threats Project are considered some of the most competitive in the nation’s capital. Continue reading

CIB to meet Wednesdays 6:00 pm in fall 2019
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CIB to meet Wednesdays 6:00 pm in fall 2019

During regular academic semesters, members and supporters of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief gather once a week to get to know each other, discuss current events and participate in fun activities, like the CIB weekly news trivia quiz. For the fall 2019 semester, the CIB Executive Team invites the organization’s membership and prospective membership to meet … Continue reading

CIB alum wins research award at national intelligence conference
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CIB alum wins research award at national intelligence conference

Jack Lincoln, a graduate of the CIB’s Iran desk, was recognized for his research at the annual conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) in June. Lincoln, from Glen Head, New York, joined the CIB during his freshman year at Coastal Carolina University. His research, titled “What is the Current State of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps?” appeared in Volume 2, Issue 3, of The Intelligence Review. Continue reading

CIB holds its sixth symposium in Conway, South Carolina
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CIB holds its sixth symposium in Conway, South Carolina

Over 80 people gathered at the Coastal Carolina University’s Burroughs and Chapin Building on the morning of Thursday, May 2, for the sixth Chanticleer Intelligence Brief Symposium. The event featured timely updates about some of the world’s most critical hot spots by a panel of CIB Analysts. It was held in conjunction with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University, and supported by the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at CCU. Continue reading

Seventh CIB Banquet celebrates semester’s hard work
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Seventh CIB Banquet celebrates semester’s hard work

Members of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief (CIB) met for the culmination of the semester on May 1, to recognize the hard work of officers, analysts and members, and to renew their pledge to make the organization even stronger in the coming year. This was the seventh CIB Banquet, in the tradition of the group’s first-ever banquet, which was held in May of 2016. As always, the event featured free food provided to all CIB members, which was enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Continue reading

Sixth episode of CIB Intelligence Report now online
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Sixth episode of CIB Intelligence Report now online

The sixth episode of the CIB Intelligence Report, the television show that covers the latest developments in the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, is now online. In this 30-minute episode CIB Recruitment Officer Tyra Bjorlo hosts three CIB analysts with an interest in a variety of timely topics. They are: Audrey Oien, who focuses on Sino-Russian relations; Jacqueline Bibb, who specializes on Lebanese politics; and Kyle Brossard, who studies maritime piracy. Continue reading

CIB and EIA publish sixth issue of The Intelligence Review
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CIB and EIA publish sixth issue of The Intelligence Review

The CIB is pleased to announce the publication of the sixth issue of The Intelligence Review, a compendium of useful analytical forecasts by CIB analysts, which relate to some of the most pressing questions in global security today. The volume is the product of a transatlantic collaboration between the CIB and the European Intelligence Academy (EIA), a network of intelligence studies scholars, specialists and students, who are dedicated to promoting international collaboration in intelligence scholarship and research. Continue reading

CIB analyst interns at McAfee-linked security firm
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CIB analyst interns at McAfee-linked security firm

CIB cybersecurity analyst Alan Siceloff has been awarded an internship with Allen Corporation. The firm is best known for directly supporting the security products and services of McAfee, the world’s largest security technology company. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, Allen Corporation has been contributing since 2006 to the technical architecture, design and deployment of McAfee products in the United States and Canada. As one of the largest contractors to McAfee’s parent company, Intel Security Professional Services, Allen Corporation helps McAfee provide security solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies throughout North America. Continue reading

Announcement of no new sanctions may indicate US desire to keep nuclear diplomacy with DPRK alive
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Announcement of no new sanctions may indicate US desire to keep nuclear diplomacy with DPRK alive

Following the inability of North Korea and the United States to sign a nuclear deal at the Hanoi summit in February, and recent threats made by North Korea to halt nuclear talks, US president Donald Trump stated on March 22 that the US would not be imposing any additional sanctions on North Korea. Although this may help keep nuclear diplomacy with North Korea alive, it could be stated with high confidence that this decision will not contribute to a nuclear deal being signed between the US and North Korea in 2019. Continue reading

Increasing attacks in Colombia’s northeast highlight ELN growth
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Increasing attacks in Colombia’s northeast highlight ELN growth

The Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN) carried out numerous low-scale operations against primarily government targets in the past week, showcasing the relative freedom the ELN has to operate in certain regions of Colombia. Since the ELN continues to carry out operations relatively uninhibited, our assessment is reinforced, with high confidence, that the organization is growing in power in 2019. Continue reading

Attacks on Pakistani police indicate increased coordination among Taliban
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Attacks on Pakistani police indicate increased coordination among Taliban

By: Morgan Clasgens, Analyst, Asia Section Analytical Question: Current and projected state of the Pakistani Taliban The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on March 20, 2019, which killed six Pakistani police officers in the Balochistan region of Pakistan. This attack, along with the multiple other attacks carried out by the Pakistani Taliban this … Continue reading

Discovery of human remains indicates continuation of cartel violence in Mexico
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Discovery of human remains indicates continuation of cartel violence in Mexico

Recently, prosecutors in Mexico announced the discovery of 19 plastic bags containing human remains in the western state of Jalisco, an area already embroiled in cartel violence due to the dominant presence of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). This development indicates a probable continuation of the surging levels of violence that has gripped Mexico for more than a decade. Continue reading

Threats by warring sides indicate potential failure to reach peace in Yemen
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Threats by warring sides indicate potential failure to reach peace in Yemen

The Houthi rebels, a contender in the Yemeni civil war, have reportedly threatened to increase their use of violence against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if the Stockholm Agreement, a ceasefire that is in place at the port of Hudaydah, is breached by their adversaries. This threat could indicate a potential failure of the Stockholm Agreement in the port of Hudaydah due to rising escalations between the Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia, as well as the provision of weaponry to the Houthi rebels by Iran. Continue reading

CIB officers present research at US Strategic Command conference
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CIB officers present research at US Strategic Command conference

CIB Latin America analyst and executive officer Joseph Cain, along with former CIB executive officers Eric Winter and Belle Griggs, traveled to the University of Nebraska in March to participate in the annual conference of the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA). Cain and Winter presented papers at the event, which was sponsored by the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM), one of the Department of Defense’s ten unified commands. Continue reading

Conviction of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman signals uncertain future for Sinaloa cartel
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Conviction of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman signals uncertain future for Sinaloa cartel

Following his third and most recent arrest by Mexican authorities and his subsequent extradition to the United States, guilty verdicts were recently announced in the trial of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. While this individual conviction is significant for US and Mexican authorities, it is unclear whether the removal of Guzmán from the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel will significantly impact the group’s operational capacity or stability in the near term. Continue reading