Book Discussion on The Main Enemy: The CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB

Mr. Bearden and Mr. Risen discussed the book they co-wrote The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown… read more

Mr. Bearden and Mr. Risen discussed the book they co-wrote The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB, published by Random House. Based on interviews with operatives from both sides, the book chronicles the inside story of the confrontations between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Soviet State Security Committee (KGB) during the last stages of the Cold War. The narrative begins in 1985 with the “Year of the Spy,” when the CIA’s agents in Moscow began to be killed, and ends with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The authors recount the covert actions instrumental in the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the KGB and American operatives involved in the “espionage wars” and the roles of double agents Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen. Following their remarks, the authors were joined in a panel discussion by former ambassador to Bulgaria, Raymond Garthoff and former ambassador to Pakistan, Zaire and Somalia, Robert Oakley. The panelists also answered questions from members of the audience. Mr. Ostermann moderated the event. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Robert B. Oakley Distinguished Fellow National Defense University
  • Christian F. Ostermann Project Director Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars->Cold War International History Project
  • James Risen Correspondent New York Times->Intelligence
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Book Discussion on The Main Enemy: The CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB

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May 17, 2003
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