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A Conversation on North Korea

With Michael Morell and Ambassador DeTrani

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Few places on earth remain as mysterious and forbidding as North Korea. With the escalation of events in the North Korean relations, hear from two experts who have played integral roles in our nation's security and can provide current insight on the secretive nation.

 

About Michael Morell

Mr. Morell is one of the country's most renowned national security professionals, most recently serving as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and twice as its Acting Director.

In his over thirty years at the Agency, he played a central role in the United States' fight against terrorism, its initiatives to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the Arab Spring, the rise of China, and the cyber threat.

As Deputy Director from May 2010 until August 2013, he oversaw the Agency's analytic and collection operations, represented the Agency at the White House and on Capitol Hill, and maintained the CIA's relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders. He was one of the leaders in the search for Osama bin Laden and participated in the deliberations that led to the raid that killed bin Laden in May 2011.

Mr. Morell served as Acting Director longer than anyone in the history of the CIA, most recently for four months before the appointment of current CIA Director John Brennan in March 2013. He served as a member of the National Security Council's Deputies Committee.

Mr. Morell started his career at the CIA in 1980. He worked on East Asia for 14 years, holding a number of jobs in analysis and management. In 1999, Mr. Morell became the Director of the Office of Asian Pacific and Latin American Analysis. He also served as President George W. Bush's intelligence briefer and as the Executive Assistant to CIA Director George J. Tenet.

In July 2006, Mr. Morell was named the Executive Director of the CIA, overseeing the administration of the Agency. In this role, he worked to strengthen the CIA's leadership development program and established a cost-savings program for the Agency's numerous support elements. In 2008, Mr. Morell became the Director for Intelligence at the Agency, leading the CIA's large analytic effort. In this assignment, he strengthened the quality of CIA analysis and enhanced professional development opportunities for analysts. He served in this role until he was appointed Deputy Director in May 2010.

Mr. Morell received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Akron and a M.A. in Economics from Georgetown University. He serves today as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

 

About Ambassador Joseph Detrani

Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani is the President of Daniel Morgan Academy. He previously served as president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and now serves on their Board of Advisors.

He was Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the National Counter Proliferation Center, and Intelligence Community Mission Manager for North Korea. He also served at the State Department as the Special Envoy for Six-Party Talks with North Korea, and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization.

His distinguished career with the Central Intelligence Agency included serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service, Director of East Asia Operations, Director for European Operations, Director of the Office of Technical Services, Director of Public Affairs, Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center and Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence William Casey.

Ambassador DeTrani served in the U.S. Air Force and is a graduate of New York University. He received a Certificate in Chinese from the State Department Foreign Language School in Taiwan and attended Harvard's International Security Program for executives. He has published numerous articles dealing with North Korea, China, Iran, Cyber espionage and non-proliferation issues.

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