The Cold War Museum invites you to attend a presentation by Professor Kevin Riehle of the National Intelligence University on "Soviet Defectors: Revelations of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954".

This presentation draws from Kevin’s the recently published book, Soviet Defectors: Revelations of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954 (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). The book compiles for the first time corroborative primary sources in English, Russian, French, German, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. The result is the most comprehensive list of Soviet intelligence officer defectors to date. Through the eyes of those officers, it shows the fluctuations in the Soviet recruitment and vetting of personnel for sensitive national security positions, corresponding with fluctuations in the stability of the Soviet government. It also shows the evolution of Soviet threat perceptions and the development of the “main enemy” concept in the Soviet national security system.

Dr. Kevin P. Riehle is an associate professor at the National Intelligence University, which enrolls only current U.S. intelligence officers with high-level clearances. He has spent over 28 years in the U.S. government as a counterintelligence analyst studying foreign intelligence services. He received a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and a BA in Russian and Political Science from Brigham Young University. He has written on a variety of intelligence and counterintelligence topics, focusing on the history of Soviet and Eastern Bloc intelligence services.

This is the 36th in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring eyewitnesses to, and other experts on, significant Cold War events and activities.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. THIS EVENT IS ENTIRELY VIRTUAL, WITH ONLINE ACCESS ONLY, DUE TO THE COVID HEALTH EMERGENCY. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOT ON A SUNDAY AS USUAL, SINCE SUNDAYS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN PROF. RIEHLE’S SCHEDULE DUE TO CHURCH RESPONSIBILITIES.

(NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE LIKE ATTENDEES, THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

Cost: $20, 100% of which is a contribution to the Cold War Museum.

Location: ONLINE ONLY. Eventbrite ticket buyers will receive a link to the Museum’s Zoom Room where this event will take place. We are recording the whole event, including the Q&A, for the Museum’s archives.

For more information and ticketing, please go to the Eventbrite listing for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soviet-defectors-revelations-of-renegade-intelligence-officers-1924-1954-tickets-121974935315

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