Please join the World Affairs Council for a lunch conversation on November 5 with John Sipher, a 28-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency's National Clandestine Service and former head of the CIA's Russia operations, on how Putin's intelligence agencies are engaging in the United States and what to expect going into 2020.
About the Speaker
John Sipher is the co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment, a production firm providing content and talent to the entertainment industry.
John is a foreign policy and intelligence expert and social media influencer. His articles have been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Slate, Lawfare, and Just Security, among others. He regularly appears on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, BBC and speaks to corporate, academic and governmental groups.
John retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. At the time of his retirement, he was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, the leadership team that guides CIA activities globally. John served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, and in high-threat environments. He has significant experience working with foreign and domestic partners to solve national security challenges. John also served as a lead instructor in the CIA’s clandestine training school and was a regular lecturer at the CIA’s leadership development program. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
John also worked from 2014-2019 as a consultant for McChrystal Group and CrossLead, a software and services firm.
John graduated from Hobart College and has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. He has attended a variety of executive courses at Harvard University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, The Aspen Institute, and the Intelligence Community’s Executive Leadership program.
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