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American Forum - The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower

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Robert Baer
March 30, 2009
11:00AM - 11:00AM (EDT)

Robert Baer
Robert Baer

ROBERT BAER has publicly acknowledged working in India, Beirut, Tajikistan, and Salah-al-Din in Kurdish northern Iraq during his 20-year career as a CIA officer. During the mid-1980s, Baer was sent to Iraq to organize opposition to Saddam Hussein, but was recalled and investigated for allegedly conspiring to assassinate the Iraqi leader. George Clooney's character in Syriana (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award) was loosely based on Baer, who, according to Seymour Hersh, "was considered perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East."

This event is part of…

Business of Intelligence Gathering & Analysis:

During the 2008-2009 academic year the Miller Center Forum hosted a special series on the business of gathering, analysis, dissemination and use of intelligence. The 9-11 tragedy brought to light devastating intelligence failures and raised questions regarding the need to restructure the U.S. intelligence community, its many agencies, operations and procedures.

This series examines these issues in greater detail, as well as assesses significant intelligence strengths by inviting experts from the field to offer their perspectives and policy recommendations. The series will focus on six key areas of interest with respect to intelligence: 1) history, 2) collection, 3) analysis, 4) interagency politics, 5) operations and, 6) legal issues.

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