I’ve been a fan of the American Academy in Berlin for a long time — and though I’ve never been there as a fellow (maybe one day), it is a cool retreat for high quality American thinkers to engage European counterparts in salons, policy exercises and the like.
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke is the former Chairman of the Academy and ran it in ways that provoked creative policy thinking.
For those in Berlin, mark your calendars now for an important, controversial talk to be given by the Washington Post‘s Pulitzer Prize winning investigative correspondent Dana Priest, who will be discussing “Top Secret America: The Rise and Role of US Intelligence since 9/11“.
The date is 5 October 2010, 7:00 pm, and I am bummed that I can’t be there.
– Steve Clemons