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Former Intelligence Officer Talks CIA Career In Fairfield

Brookings Fellow and former CIA official Bruce Riedel will speak in Fairfield on Thursday, May 19.
Brookings Fellow and former CIA official Bruce Riedel will speak in Fairfield on Thursday, May 19. Photo Credit: Brookings.edu

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- As part of its continuing “Servant Leader” program, Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport and the Pequot Library in Fairfield will hold a forum of history, politics and discussion with Brookings Senior Fellow and former CIA officer Bruce Riedel on Thursday, May 19.

Riedel will discuss his 30-year experience at the CIA, from 1976 to 2006. He was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four U.S. presidents in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House.

Riedel was also deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon and a senior advisor at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels. In addition, Riedel was a member of President Bill Clinton’s peace process team and negotiated at Camp David and other Arab-Israeli summits and he organized Clinton’s trip to India in 2000.

In January 2009, newly inaugurated President Barack Obama asked him to chair the inter-agency review of American policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, the results of which Obama announced in a speech on March 27, 2009. In 2011, he served as an expert advisor to the prosecution of al Qaeda terrorist Omar Farooq Abdulmutallab in Detroit and Prime Minister David Cameron asked him to brief the United Kingdom’s National Security Council in London on Pakistan.

At the Trinity forum, Riedel will discuss the key findings in his book, “JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War.” In the book, Riedel points out that the same week the world stood transfixed by the Cuban Missile Crisis – and the possibility of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union – President John F. Kennedy was also consumed by a war that has escaped history’s attention, yet still reverberates significantly today: the Sino-Indian conflict.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, (Exit 19 off I-95) Admission is free. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/bruceriedel .

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