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Former CIA Director to Speak at Yale on Security and Energy


New Haven, Conn. — The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) will host a talk by R. James Woolsey at Yale University on March 29 at 4:15 p.m. in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, room 101.

Woolsey will speak on “Energy, Security and the Long War of the 21st Century.” His talk is part of the Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective seminar series, co-sponsored by the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism and the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. This talk is free and open to the public.

During his 12 years of government service, Woolsey served as director of Central Intelligence from 1993 to 1995; ambassador to the negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, 1989–1991; under secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was delegate-at-large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), 1969–1970.

Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University, his M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an LL.B from Yale Law School in 1968. He was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal, the School’s “law review.”

Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subject of foreign affairs, defense, energy, critical infrastructure protection and intelligence.

YIISA is the first institute of its kind at a North American university. Directed by Charles Small, the Initiative was established in September 2006 and is dedicated to the scholarly research of the origins and manifestations of antisemitism, as well as other forms of prejudice. YIISA produces and disseminates scholarly material to promote further understanding and to contribute to policy analysis.


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