CIR is thrilled to announce that the former Deputy Director and former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael J. Morell, will speak in Santa Fe on January 30, 2020. In conversation with CIR Board Member Amb. Vicki Huddleston, he’ll cover a wide range of topics under the theme of “A Dangerous World: The Key National Security Threats Facing the United States.” The conversation will be introduced with remarks from Professor Emile Nakhleh (UNM).
WHO: Former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael J. Morell
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 2020. 5:30-7:00pm
WHERE: James A Little Theater. New Mexico School for the Deaf. 1060 Cerillos Rd.
TICKETS: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers in advance. $12/20 at the door. Available here.
Michael J. Morell, the former Acting and Deputy Director of CIA, briefed multiple presidents over a 33-year career in intelligence. On January 30th, 2020, he’ll share with our Santa Fe community his thoughts on the most important national security threats and challenges facing the United States today. Mr. Morell was the only person who was both with President Bush on 9/11 and with President Obama when Osama bin Laden was brought to justice in May 2011.
Michael Morell is one of the leading national security professionals in the United States, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. During his 33-year career at CIA, Michael served as Deputy Director for over three years, a job in which he managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations and analysis, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency’s relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading CIA when Leon Panetta was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government.
Michael’s senior assignments at CIA also included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency’s top analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA’s top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm.
Today, Michael is involved in a wide range of activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group; Senior Counselor and Global Chairman of the Geopolitical Risk Practice at Washington’s fastest growing consulting firm, Beacon Global Strategies; and an advisor to a large number of private sector entities. He is also the Chairman of the National Security Task Force at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Michael is a Senior National Security Contributor for CBS News, the host of the national security podcast Intelligence Matters, an Expert Voice on Axios, and a Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller “The Great War of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism – From al Qaida to ISIS.”
Emile Nakhleh (pictured at right at Journalism under Fire) is a regular speaker on the CIR stage. He is a a former Senior Intelligence Service Officer (SIS-3), a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/ IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since retiring from the US Government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He has published frequently on the Arab Spring in the Financial Times, the LobeLog blog, and The Cipher Brief.