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Getting to the Point with John Brennan


Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

John O. Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and senior intelligence and national security analyst for NBC and MSNBC, will join the Kennedy Institute for a virtual conversation on his career in public service and perspectives on the changing landscape of national security, domestic terrorism and counterterrorism. Mr. Brennan will speak with Juliette Kayyem, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, former Assistant Secretary at DHS, and CNN Security Analyst; on a range of topics including Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the growing threat of white nationalism and domestic terrorism in the United States, and the January 6th insurrection in the U.S. Capital.

As director of the CIA from March 2013 until January 2017, Mr. Brennan was responsible for intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services. He was also responsible for running the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Prior to this, he served as assistant to President Barack Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Mr. Brennan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies at Home and Abroad,” and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin.

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