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Critical Issues Confronting China Series featuring John K. Culver: How China’s Catastrophic Success, US Strategic Blunders Fueled Rivalry

October 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Read our blog post on the event: Ex CIA Analyst: China and U.S. in “Existential Struggle” between Democracy and Authoritarian Rule

Speaker: John Culver, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub; Former Senior Intelligence Officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

John K. Culver is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) senior intelligence officer with thirty-five years of experience as a leading analyst of East Asian affairs, including security, economic, and foreign-policy dimensions.

Previously as national intelligence officer for East Asia from 2015 to 2018, Culver drove the Intelligence Community’s support to top policymakers on East Asian issues and managed extensive relationships inside and outside government. He produced a large body of sophisticated, leading-edge analysis and mentored widely on analytic tradecraft. He also routinely represented the Intelligence Community to senior US policy, military, academic, private-sector and foreign-government audiences.

Culver is a recipient of the 2013 William L. Langer Award for extraordinary achievement in the CIA’s analytic mission. He was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service and CIA’s Senior Analytic Service. He was also awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

Ex CIA Analyst: China and U.S. in “Existential Struggle” between Democracy and Authoritarian Rule

Event summary by Dorinda Elliott


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room

1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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