Warburg Lecture: Glenn Carle

Glenn Carle

Collective Delusions: Losing our Way in the Fight Against Terrorism

Starts:  10/6/2015  5:00 PM
Ends: 10/6/2015 6:30 PM
Location: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Please join us for a Warburg Lecture by Glenn L. Carle, with an open discussion to follow.

Former CIA official and acclaimed author Glenn Carle will discuss the many mistakes made by the US in addressing terrorist threats since September 11, 2001—notably our exaggerations of the actual threat we face and our resort to wrongful and counterproductive methods, such as torture, to combat it. Carle's book The Interrogator: An Education (2011) concerning his involvement in the interrogation of one of the most senior members of al-Qa'ida, has been called "the greatest non-fiction book about the CIA ever written." He is an outspoken advocate for outlawing torture as a method for any US government authority.

Glenn Carle was a career Clandestine Services officer with the CIA, working on four continents, on political, military, terrorism, and economic issues. His last position, for three years during the "War on Terror," was as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats. In this position he authored or co-authored many of the intelligence assessments that shaped public and governmental debates on the nature of the jihadist threat, the evolution of al-Qa'ida, threats to the US "homeland" and other critical intelligence issues. His articles and interviews have appeared in CNN, NPR, the BBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the London Times, the Sydney Herald, The Economist, and other global media.

Mr. Carle holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, and a MA in European Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He did additional graduate work in International Relations at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, France, and studied at the Université de Grenoble, France. Mr. Carle speaks French and Spanish fluently.