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Mon, Apr 08


Unitarian Universalists

2 Part Series - Espionage: Spying—What you Need to Know

2 Part Series - Espionage:  Spying—What you Need to Know
2 Part Series - Espionage:  Spying—What you Need to Know

Time & Location

Apr 08, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Unitarian Universalists, 2201 Lawton Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

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Part 1.  Core functions

Spying is the most talked about and probably the least understood of government functions.  It raises uncomfortable ethical and moral issues for most of us.  This talk will present the breadth of what takes place in the world of espionage.  While the CIA is best known for human intelligence (Humint ) operations, the reason for the CIA—providing intelligence to inform policymakers and keep them ahead of adversaries—rests on other little explored aspects of espionage.  This talk will delve into the interplay between the three most critical branches—Operations, Analysis, and Science and Technology.

Part 2.  Betrayal:  The Good. The Bad.  And the Ugly.

Spying involves betrayal. Betrayal of those we encourage to spy on their own country.  And betrayal by our fellow citizens. This talk will look at specific acts of betrayal asking: What is betrayal?  Who does it and why?  Famous, and not so famous, spies will provide the baseline to see if you can discern patterns.

Part 1- April 8, 2024, 1 pm-3 p.m.

Part 2- April 15, 2024, 1 pm-3 p.m.

San Luis Obispo, 2201 Lawton Avenue

Dr. Elizabeth Manak was a CIA officer for over twenty-five years.  A South Asia and nonproliferation expert she worked in a variety of positions both in the US and abroad including as advisor to two US Ambassadors and their Embassies and Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia in the National Intelligence Council.

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