Former CIA operations officer talks about ISIS at campus lecture Nov. 13

Graham E. Fuller

Graham E. Fuller

Graham E. Fuller, who worked 20 years as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, presents “Isis and the Challenge to Leadership in the Middle East” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Presidential Suites of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The free lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the YSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, Dr. James Dale Ethics Center, Department of Political Science and International Relations, and the Program on Peace and Conflict Studies.

Fuller holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University in Russian and Middle East studies. He worked 20 years as a CIA operations officer, 17 of them overseas in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and China. He later became vice chair of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, with overall responsibility for national level strategic forecasting. After leaving government service, Fuller was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corp. for 12 years where, among many publications, he wrote on political Islam in various countries, and on the geopolitics of the Muslim world. He speaks several Middle Eastern languages as well as Russian and Chinese. He has written many books about the Middle East. His talk will address the leadership in the Middle East and how it has contributed to unrest for over a decade. He will also discuss which states show leadership potential and why.