NDNU Third Distinguished Thinkers Forum Features Former CIA Director John E. McLaughlin

Luncheon talk on the influence of Putin, Russia, and their foreign intelligence service on global democratic elections takes place in Burlingame, California, on June 27, 2017

For Immediate Release (6/1/2017)

Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) announced that their third Distinguished Thinkers Forum will present former CIA Acting and Deputy Director John E. McLaughlin speaking on “President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Historic Influence on Global Democratic Elections.” The event takes place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront in Burlingame, California, and includes a luncheon. For more information, please contact Denise Winkelstein at dwinkelstein@ndnu.edu, call (650) 508-3501, or visit http://www.ndnu.edu/thinkers/.

John E. McLaughlin
John E. McLaughlin

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“The topic of Russian interference in democratic elections could not be more current in light of the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey and the controversy related to Russian intervention,” said NDNU Vice President for Advancement Dino M. Hernandez. “Mr. McLaughlin, with his thirty-year career in the intelligence community, is in a position to provide key insights on this pressing subject.”

John E. McLaughlin is Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. He served as acting director of the CIA from July to September of 2004 and as the deputy director from 2000 to 2004.

Over the course of his career, Mr. McLaughlin has worked in nearly every part of the world and supervised clandestine operations, analysis, and scientific and technical work. He has frequently briefed the president and Congress, represented the intelligence community in meetings of the National Security Council, and traveled widely to strengthen U.S. relations with national security counterparts in numerous countries. Mr. McLaughlin has served under Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama.

Mr. McLaughlin is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Community Service Award, the National Security Medal and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.


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Dino M. Hernandez, Vice President for Advancement, Notre Dame de Namur University
(650) 508-3512