Bruce Riedel

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Bruce Riedel is a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Saban Center for Middle East Policy
The Saban Center for Middle East Policy is a center within the Brookings Institution focused on the United States' involvement in the Middle East...

 of the Brookings Institution
Brookings Institution
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, a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group
Albright Stonebridge Group
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, a former CIA Analyst, a counter-terrorism
Counter-terrorism
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 expert, and an author
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. He retired in 2006 after 29 years with the Central Intelligence Agency
Central Intelligence Agency
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. Riedel served as Special Assistant to the President
Executive Office of the President of the United States
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 and Senior Director for Near East Affairs on the National Security Council
United States National Security Council
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 (1997–2002), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asian Affairs (1995–97), and National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Intelligence Council
National Intelligence Council
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 (1993–95). His areas of expertise include counter-terrorism
Counter-terrorism
Counter-terrorism is the practices, tactics, techniques, and strategies that governments, militaries, police departments and corporations adopt to prevent or in response to terrorist threats and/or acts, both real and imputed.The tactic of terrorism is available to insurgents and governments...

, Arab-Israeli issues, Persian Gulf security and India and Pakistan.
Other assignments:

  • Special Advisor, NATO, Brussels, Belgium (2003-2006)
  • Member, Royal College of Defense Studies, London, UK (2002-2003)
  • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs, National Security Council (2001-2002)
  • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council (1997-2001)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asian Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Office of the Secretary of Defense
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     (1995-1997)
  • Director for Gulf and South Asia Affairs, National Security Council
    National Security Council
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     (1991-1993)
  • Deputy Chief Persian Gulf Task Force, Central Intelligence Agency (1990-1991)
  • Various assignments, Central Intelligence Agency
    Central Intelligence Agency
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     (1977-1990)

Riedel has a B.A. from Brown
Brown University
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, a Masters in Diplomatic History from Harvard, and has studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London. He received the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal in 1997, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal
Distinguished Intelligence Medal
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 in 2001, and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award in 2006 for his work in the intelligence and defense community.

He is the author of 'Al Qaeda Strikes Back', which is a study in contemporary counter-terrorism
Counter-terrorism
Counter-terrorism is the practices, tactics, techniques, and strategies that governments, militaries, police departments and corporations adopt to prevent or in response to terrorist threats and/or acts, both real and imputed.The tactic of terrorism is available to insurgents and governments...

 and was published in May/June 2007 edition of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
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 that focuses on the International terrorist organization al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda
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.

Riedel previously served as a policy adviser to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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. In February 2009 Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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 appointed him chair of White House
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 review to overhaul of U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan by April. On March 27, 2009 he briefed the press about this review.

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