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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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