American Intelligence: Technology, Espionage, and Alliances
In two months, our nation will confront the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In the decade since, what have we learned? What is our espionage history, and why is it important? What is the appropriate balance between civil liberties and national security? In this week, a collaboration with the International Spy Museum, we will examine American intelligence capabilities, the methods by which we collect and analyze data, how our justice system works, and what these issues tell us about who we are and how we form alliances. We’ll learn about our technical capabilities in an information-based global environment with billions of bits of information. What do we know about our espionage efforts, and how do we know our strategies are working?
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Bruce Riedel is senior fellow for political transitions in the Middle East and South Asia at the Saban Center in the Brookings Institution. He is an analyst of Middle East and South Asia politics with extensive experience in counter-terrorism, energy security and multilateral diplomacy.
Riedel served for eight years as a senior adviser at the National Security Council to the last three presidents of the United States. At the request of President Barack Obama, he chaired an inter-agency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for the White House, completed in March 2009.
In 2006, Riedel retired from the CIA after nearly 30 years, including postings overseas in the Middle East and Europe. He has also served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon and as a senior adviser at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels. Riedel was a member of President Clinton's peace process team at the Camp David, Wye River and Shepherdstown summits.
Riedel is the author of American Diplomacy and the 1999 Kargil Summit at Blair House, Deadly Embrace and The Search for Al Qaeda. Riedel is a graduate of Brown, Harvard and the Royal College of Defense Studies in London.
Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel discusses the crucial
role women play as opponents to Muslim extremism in Pakistan. "We don't
have one and a half billion dollars to give Pakistan this year," says
Riedel. Instead, Riedel argues that lifting U.S. tariffs on Pakistani
textiles will create entrepreneurship and educational opportunities for