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Mr. Bruce Riedel

Mr. Bruce Riedel

Mr. Bruce Riedel

Bruce Riedel is a Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy.  A former CIA officer, Mr. Riedel focuses on political transition, terrorism and conflict resolution.  At the request of President Obama he chaired an interagency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for the White House that was completed in March 2009.

Prior to this, Mr. Riedel was a senior advisor to three U.S. presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues.  He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs, National Security Council (2001-2002); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council (1997-2001); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asian Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense (1995-1997); National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Intelligence Council (1993-1995); Director for Gulf and South Asia Affairs, National Security Council (1991-1993); Deputy Chief Persian Gulf Task Force, Central Intelligence Agency (1990-1991); Various assignments, Central Intelligence Agency (1977-1990) Mr. Riedel was a Special Advisor in the North American Treaty Organization (NATO), Brussels (2003-2006), Member, Royal College of Defense Studies, London, UK (2002-2003).  He is the recipient of numerous awards: Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, 2006; Distinguished Intelligence Medal, 2001; Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, 1997; Intelligence Medal of Merit, 1991.

In 2008, Mr. Riedel’s book, The Search for Al Qaeda Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future (Amazon; Powell’s), was published by the Brookings Institution Press.

Other recent research and commentary by Mr. Riedel can be found at his Brookings web site.

Also of interest:
New York Times Profile (December 26, 2008)


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September 16, 2014
Where are the Women in Violent Conflicts? Finding Out Will Make Us Smarter
Talk by Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor in the International Development, Community, and Environmental Department at Clark University
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Minsky Hall
Sponsors: Student Government; RiseUp; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Political Science; SPIA; and History

September 17, 2014
Why America Should Care: Scottish Independence and the Implications for US Foreign Policy
Talk by Darren J. Reid, Cohen Research Associate
Time:
12:00 PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union
Sponsors: School of Policy and International Affairs; the Department of Political Science; and the William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce

September 22, 2014
Dilemmas in Diplomacy: How Domestic Politics and U.S. Strategy Intersect in Syria
Talk by Amb. Robert S. Ford, Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute and Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House

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