Monday, May 04, 2009

Being A Spy; Europe, Iran And The Bomb; How Organized Crime Got Hooked On Drugs

Being A Spy; Europe, Iran And The Bomb; How Organized Crime Got Hooked On Drugs is a streaming video service that hosts speeches and presentations by world class experts in a variety of areas. A number of their recent offerings should be particularly interesting to intelligence professionals (Note: The descriptions below come directly from Fora but have been lightly edited for length, etc.):Stella Remington on Being A SpyStella Remington says she's had 4 careers. First as a librarian/archivist, then a diplomat's wife, in MI5, and now as an author. She has written four books, her first a memoir titled Open Secret: the Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5. She has published three spy-thriller novels Secret Asset, Illegal Action and Dead Line. She's currently working on a fourth novel.Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009Location: Sydney, Australia, Dymocks Literary LunchProgram and discussion: a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran, and the BombSince Iran's illicit nuclear program was exposed to a stunned world in 2002, Tehran has defied the international community and continued to pursue its nuclear goals. What drives this seemingly apocalyptic quest? Are Iran's aims rational or not? Under a Mushroom Cloud analyzes this catastrophic and murky situation, and examines Iran's dual-track approach of accelerating its nuclear activities while weaving itself ever more tightly into the fabric of the European economy.Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2009Location: Transatlantic Institute, Brussels, BelgiumProgram and discussion: Express: How Organised Crime Got Hooked on DrugsOne of Australia's most successful detectives, Clive Small's book, Smack Express: How Organised Crime got Hooked on Drugs is an insight into drug trafficking and organised crime on Australia's east coast. Written with journalist Tom Gilling, it features an extraordinary range of colourful characters and situations such as one bloke who thought that throwing someone into the boot of a car and driving it to South Australia wasn't kidnapping, because "he never asked to get out of the boot".Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009Location: Gleebooks, Sydney, AustraliaProgram and discussion: Patrol: Pakistan and AfghanistanEight years after 9/11, the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is as lawless as ever and Osama bin Laden is still on the loose. Should the U.S. move to secure this region, home to ranks of Taliban and al Qaeda leaders?Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2009Location: Foreign Policy Association, New York, NYProgram and discussion: