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  • ON JANUARY 30, ten days after being sworn in, Obama called Bruce Riedel at home.


  • "On the counterterrorism front, this has been a bad winter," said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and adviser to the Obama administration.

    Turmoil jars U.S. counterterrorism efforts

  • Bruce Riedel, who was a senior adviser to Obama on Afghanistan and is now at Brookings, noted that the president had said little about Pakistan.

    Obama's Afghan withdrawal timetable given lukewarm reaction in US

  • "The question mark in my mind is, what are the generals doing?" said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst now at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

    Defiant Mubarak shows no sign of changing course

  • "The Taliban has made clear in its comments that it is negotiating only a prisoner release at this point, not a reconciliation with the Karzai government, which it still regards as illegitimate," said former senior Central Intelligence Agency official Bruce Riedel , who oversaw the Obama administration's Afghanistan policy review in 2009.

    Taliban Pinpoint Limits of U.S. Peace Effort

  • Bruce Riedel, of the Brookings Institution and co-author of President Obama's Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy review, put the issue into stark relief.

    Miro Cernetig: With Osama bin Laden Gone, U.S. Asks Pakistan the Same, Troubling Questions

  • Bruce Riedel, a Brookings senior fellow and former CIA officer, cautioned that while al-Awlaki was the "foremost propagandist," for al-Qaida's Yemen branch, his death "doesn't really significantly change its fortunes."

    Anwar Al-Awlaki Dead: U.S.-Born Al Qaeda Cleric Killed In Yemen

  • Tapped to do that review was Bruce Riedel, a three-decade veteran of the CIA who had played a critical role in helping to formulate South Asia policy in the Clinton administration.

    The Longest War

  • Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official, said in May 2010 that Pakistan has “the fastest-growing nuclear arsenal in the world.”


  • It was the start of what Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and presidential adviser, referred to later as the “unacknowledged nuclear partnership” between the two Sunni countries.



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