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Former CIA operative Gene Coyle giving a talk in Louisville on the Russian threat

View Image  Former CIA agent Gene Coyle will speak on Russian espionage on March 18th.         Photo: Indiana University

On Thursday, March 18 at the National City Tower, The World Affairs Council (WACA) of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is presenting former Russian and Eastern European CIA operative Gene Coyle will give a talk on the resurgence of Russian espionage and why the US should be concerned.

Coyle asserts that while US foreign policy has almost exclusively focused on terrorism since the end of the Cold War, the nation's leaders must not overlook Russia's return to the world stage.

He says that under Putin, Russia has amassed a great wealth of petrodollars that has allowed for the re-establishment of Russia's espionage program and their return as a major participant in world spying.

In his discussion, Coyle will explore and illuminate signs of Russia's spy-program resurgence and discuss the differences between today's SVR and the former Soviet KGB, of which produced leaders such as Putin.

Gene Coyle is from Indianapolis and joined the CIA in 1976 after receiving his BA and MA from IU.  He served in the agency for 30 years, working mainly undercover as a specialist in Russian and Eastern European affairs.  Mr. Coyle returned to Indiana in 2004 to serve as the visiting CIA Professor until his retirement in 2006.  Since that time he has continued to teach the role of intelligence in US foreign policy at IU and is the author of two novels: The Dream of Lisbon (2004) and No Game for Amateurs(2009).

Tickets for the talk are $10 per person, and WAC members get buy 1 get one free tickets.  For more information about WAC or to reserve seats for the upcoming talk call 502-561-5422.  Seats may also be reserved by email at:


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