CIA Veteran Andrew Gilmour '83 Applies Ancient Middle East History to Modern Policy Dilemmas

Program fee includes a Middle Eastern style dinner with wine and beer.  Wharton Club Members & Guests invited.  Wharton Club Members & Guests invited.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:30 pm Dinner/Networking, 7:00 pm Presentation
Hogan Lovells, 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004


  • The Middle East's ancient history reveals patterns and precedents in political geography, social compact formation, religion, and the state system which help us to think in new ways about the most important contemporary challenges confronting the region. This presentation, based on his recently published book, A Middle East Primed for New Thinking: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World, uses insights from the ancient world to support critical thinking and

     policy formulation toward a region in which the United States continues to have significant strategic interests. 
  • Andrew Gilmour is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America.  He previously served as a senior intelligence expert on the Near East, South Asia, and Islam over a 32-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency in a range of positions including Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia, Deputy Chief of CIA’s Middle East Task Force, and Deputy Chief of Station for Analysis in a war zone.  Mr. Gilmour was the principal drafter of three National Intelligence Estimates and an interdisciplinary study on the future of the all-source analytic mission.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal (2017), the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award (2015), and the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal (2015).  His languages include Persian, French, and ancient Greek.  He holds degrees from Harvard and Johns Hopkins University.
  • He is a charter member of the CIA’s Senior Analytic Service and a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. He joined CIA in 1985 and has analyzed a range of countries and issues in the Middle East and South Asia, specializing in regional conflicts, religious and ethnic identity, and regional stability. Mr. Gilmour has also served in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State where his duties included US-European policy consultation and diplomatic initiatives regarding the Middle East.
  • A Middle East Primed for New Thinking: Insights and Policy Options from the Ancient World, which argues that ancient patterns and precedents in political geography, social compact formation, religion, and the regional state system help us today to manage uncertainty and seize diplomatic opportunity, is available as a free download from the CIA website and for sale in hardcopy by GPO.
  • Dinner Menu

    Tomato and Cucumber Salad with a dill vinaigrette

    Turmeric Chicken

    Za’atar Crusted Salmon

    Saffron Rice

    Roasted Eggplant with mushrooms

    Sliced Fruit


    Plus Beer & Wine


Wharton Club members and their guests: $50/person
Non-members: $65/person
Ticket includes talk, a full dinner and beverages 
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This venue is fully handicap accessible and our meals are designed to accommodate vegetarians.


Transportation: The nearest metro station is Metro Center. Exit at 12th and F Street, NW. Your destination is the building named "Columbia Square" which will you see right in front of you as you exit the escalator.


Parking: There are several nearby parking garages including:

  • Columbia Square Parking Garage: 555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 637-8105
  • Parking Management/PMI: 600 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 347-5469
  • When:

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm | iCal


    Hogan Lovells
    555 13th St NW  
    Washington, DC 20004 USA (at Metro Center)

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6:30PM - 8:30PM Tue 4 Feb 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Hogan Lovells
555 - 13th Street, NW 13th Floor Conference Rooms
Washington, District of Col 20004 United States

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Look Who's Coming:

Fred Farshey
Baron Shishechi
  Long and Foster
Philo Collins
Cynthia Jachles
Kearney Shanahan
... a total of 5 guests.
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