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A Discussion with Brookings Scholar and Former CIA Officer, Bruce Riedel

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Pequot Library

720 Pequot Avenue

Southport, CT

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As part of its continuing “Servant Leader” program, Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, CT is delighted to host, in conjunction with Pequot Library, a lively night of history, politics and discussion with Brookings Senior Fellow and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer Bruce Riedel. The forum will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Pequot Library at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport.

At the Trinity forum, Mr. Riedel will discuss the key findings in his latest book, “JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War.” In the book, Mr. 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 Kennedy was also consumed by a war that has escaped history’s attention, yet still reverberates significantly today: the Sino-Indian conflict. View the YouTube Video

Mr. Riedel will review his thirty-year experience at the Central Intelligence Agency, 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. Mr. 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.

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 the President announced in a speech on March 27, 2009.

In 2011, Riedel served as an expert advisor to the prosecution of al Qaeda terrorist Omar Farooq Abdulmutallab in Detroit. In December 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron asked him to brief the United Kingdom’s National Security Council in London on Pakistan.


QUESTIONS: Trinity Episcopal Church (203) 255-0454; April Gow (203) 542 5681

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