Tacoma: Retired CIA Officer to Talk About Iran 11/09

  • What: Retired CIA Officer in Tacoma to Talk About Iran, part of a continuing series titled "The Mess in the Middle East."
  • When: The event takes place at the University Place Library at 7:15 p.m.  
  • Where: The University Place Library is located at 3609 Market Pl W #100, U.P., WA 98466 (REALLY: Bridgeport, between South 35th & South 37th, close to Whole Foods).

Elizabeth Murray, who retired from the CIA in 2010 after a 27-year career, will be in Tacoma on Monday evening, November 9 to talk about the Iran Deal. She will share the stage with Dr. Steve Niva, a Middle East expert on the Evergreen State College (Olympia) faculty. They will be speaking on "Why the Iran Deal Makes Us Safer and Is Good for the U.S."

Elizabeth Murray specialized in Middle Eastern political and media analysis. During her final two years with the CIA, she was on special assignment to the National Intelligence Council where she served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East. From 1989 to 1991 she worked in Amman, Jordan, monitoring the speeches of Saddam Hussein. She then travelled extensively in the Middle East in the 1990s.  Murray is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. She speaks Arabic, German, and Spanish. 

Steve Niva teaches International Politics and Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia.  His primary areas of research and writing include U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and asymmetric warfare, counterinsurgency and political violence in the Middle East. He has written for and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report magazine (www.merip.org), and his recent writings have also appeared in Middle East Report, Peace ReviewAl-Ahram WeeklyThe Seattle TimesOpen DemocracyForeign Policy in Focus and Security Dialogue, among others.

This event is co-sponsored by United for Peace of Pierce County and the Tacoma chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. For more information, write to Tacoma@JewishVoiceForPeace.org.