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State of Democracy Lecture: Robert Grenier

Maxwell Auditorium

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From Kandahar to Aleppo: Applying Lessons of Afghanistan

Chairman, ERG Partners 

Author of 88 Days to Kandahar:  A CIA Diary 

Former CIA Station Chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan 

Former CIA White House Representative for Iraq 

Former Director CIA CounterTerrorism Center


Robert Grenier is a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Service, and an expert on the Middle East, South Asia, and counter-terrorism. 

He was Chief of Station for Pakistan and Afghanistan during 9-11, and prepared the original war plan for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.  He later organized and directed joint CIA/Special Forces teams that combined with Afghan militias to drive the Taliban and al-Qa’ida from southern Afghanistan. 

Grenier then served in Washington as CIA Iraq Mission Manager and CIA’s White House Representative for Iraq.  From there he served as Director of CIA’s CounterTerrorism Center, where he was responsible for all CIA counter-terrorism operations around the globe.  He entered the private sector in 2006, and is now Chairman of ERG Partners, an investment bank providing financial advisory services for firms in the intelligence and security sector.

This lecture is made possible through a generous gift from the Norman M. and Marsha Lee Berkman fund.



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