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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll, on Monday, April 30, 2018

“Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Coll, who is also the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, will discuss his new book about America’s intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11.
The event is presented by the Dean’s Forum at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Steve Coll
Dean and the Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Shamila Chaudhary
Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
Time and Date
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting “Media” on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
[email protected]
About the Speaker
Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School since 2013, is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. While at the Post, Coll won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Securities and Exchange Commission. He served as managing editor of the Post between 1998 and 2004. In 2005, he joined The New Yorker, where he continues to write on international politics, American politics and national security, intelligence controversies and the media. 
Coll is the author of eight books, including Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century. His book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Award as the best business book of 2012. His latest book, Directorate S, a follow-up to Ghost Wars, was published in February 2018.
Coll also served as president of the New America Foundation, a public-policy institute in Washington, D.C., between 2007 and 2012 before joining Columbia University.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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