Title: Obama and the Intelligence Community
Speaker: Mel Goodman
Cost: $15 General Admission
Cosponsored by CIR and Temple Beth Shalom
Dr. Goodman presented a popular talk in November 2008 about issues in Russia, Iran and the Middle East facing the new Obama administration. This talk may be viewed as a follow up to that presentation.
Dr. Goodman’s long experience and involvement in national security dates from the Cold War era when he served as Division Chief and Senior Analyst for the CIA’s Office of Soviet Affairs. From 1974 until 1976 he was a senior analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and he served as an intelligence adviser to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks in Vienna and Washington.
Dr. Goodman is currently Senior Fellow and Director of the National Security Program at the Center for International Policy. He is also adjunct Professor of Government at John Hopkins University and was Professor of International Security Studies and Chair of the International Relations Department at the National War College.
The author or co-author of several books, Dr. Goodman is known for three volumes on Soviet and Russian affairs: Gorbachev’s Retreat, The End of Superpower Rivalry in the Third World and The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze. His 2008 book, The Failure of Intelligence, the Decline and Fall of the CIA earned highly favorable reviews for his thorough, balanced and insider’s view of U. S. intelligence efforts post WW II. His new book, Bush League Diplomacy: Putting the Nation at Risk, has just been published. Dr. Goodman is looking forward to speaking to the Santa Fe CIR and discussing recent events.