Event: 5 Oct 10-11:30 Washington DC Paul Pillar on Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy – Iraq, 9/11 and Misguided Reform


21st Century Defense Initiative

Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11 and Misguided Reform
A Discussion With Author Paul R. Pillar

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 10:00am — 11:30am

The Brookings Institution, Stein Room, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

With the recently observed 10th anniversary of 9/11, questions about the country’s intelligence capabilities and their use by policymakers continue to haunt issues that range from counterterrorism to WMD.  Please join the 21st Century Defense Initiative on October 5th at 10:00am as we host Paul R. Pillar to discuss his newly published book on this topic, Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11 and Misguided Reform.

Paul Pillar is visiting professor and director of studies in the Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. intelligence field, worked for the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations as well as the Clinton administration in several senior positions with the CIA and the National Intelligence Council. He is also the author of Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy and Negotiating Peace: War Termination as a Bargaining Process.

Pillar’s new book explores a number of national security issues, and particularly questions the belief that intelligence drives major national security decisions and can be fixed to avoid future failures. Instead, he argues that portrayals of intelligence as critical to U.S. policy wastes resources and keeps Americans from recognizing the limits of obtainable knowledge. It is sure to be a fascinating discussion. Peter W. Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative, will moderate.

Please RSVP by 5pm, Friday, September 30th, to 21DefenseInitiative@brookings.edu.

Paul R. Pillar
Visiting Professor, Director of Studies

Security Studies Program

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Georgetown University


Peter W. Singer
21st Century Defense Initiative
The Brookings Institution

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