Garfield Center for Public Leadership – Washington D.C.
liberal arts education and intelligence analysis
This event is co-hosted by Hiram College’s Garfield Center for Public Leadership and the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College.
Guest Speakers: Mark Lowenthal and Abram Shulsky
Date: Monday, November 6, 2023
6 – 8 p.m.
Farragut Conference Center (1725 I Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006)
Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal is the Executive Director of the International Association for Intelligence Education and a Chairman Emeritus of the Intelligence Committee for AFCEA. He is currently the co-chair of the Intelligence Community Studies Board, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
From 2002-2005, Dr. Lowenthal served as Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis & Production and also as Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. Prior to these duties, he served as Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence. Dr. Lowenthal was the Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 104th Congress (1995-97), where he directed the committee’s study on the future of the Intelligence Community, IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. He also served in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), as an office director and then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; and was the Senior Specialist in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Upon leaving government service, Dr. Lowenthal was President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy, LLC, a national security education, training and consulting company, 2005-2019.
Dr. Lowenthal has written extensively on intelligence and national security issues, including twelve books and over 100 articles or studies. His most recent book, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (Sage/CQ Press, 9th ed., 2022), has become the standard college and graduate school textbook on the subject. His history of U.S. intelligence, Vigilance Is Not Enough, will be published in 2024. He has written several other books on intelligence and has also written three novels, Crispan Magicker (1979) and The Great God Pan and Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger. Dr. Lowenthal is a frequent public commentator on intelligence issues. He has appeared on each of the major networks and the PBS Newshour; his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Dr. Lowenthal received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is on the adjunct faculty of the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School and Sciences Po in Paris (Institut d’études politiques de Paris). He was an adjunct for 14 years at Columbia University.
In 2005, Dr. Lowenthal was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Intelligence Community’s highest award. In 2006, he received AFCEA’s Distinguished Service Award for service to the Intelligence Community. In 1988, Dr. Lowenthal was the Grand Champion on Jeopardy!, the television quiz show.
Abram N. Shulsky is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. Prior to retirement from federal service, he served as an advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2001 to 2009, dealing primarily with issues related to Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism.
In previous positions, he has served as a consultant on national security affairs to the RAND Corporation and the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); as the Director of Strategic Arms Control Policy in the OSD; as Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan with respect to intelligence issues. He was a political analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses and has taught political science at Cornell University and the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Shulsky is the author of the first edition of a college text book on intelligence, Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence, and the co-editor, with Gary J. Schmitt, of the second and third editions. His articles on intelligence and arms control have appeared in a number of journals, including The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, Comparative Strategy, and Houston Journal of International Law. His publications on China include Deterrence Theory and Chinese Behavior and, with Mark Burles, a study of Chinese strategic culture entitled, Patterns in China’s Use of Force: Evidence from History and Doctrinal Writings.
Dr. Shulsky received his undergraduate education at Cornell University, majoring in mathematics, and did his graduate work at the University of Chicago, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science.