Brookings expert Bruce Riedel will speak at the February Eastern Shore Writers Association meeting starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at Scossa's Restaurant and Lounge, 8 N. Washington St. in Easton, Md. This event is free and open to the public. An optional lunch follows the meeting
Riedel, a 30-year CIA officer and one of the most popular speakers to appear before the ESWA, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and the director there of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He has been a senior advisor to the last four presidents on South Asia and Middle East policy, working as a senior member of the National Security Council. In the 1990s, Riedel served as assistant secretary of defense. In addition, he was a member of President Clinton's Camp David peace negotiations team and has been advising President Obama on American policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Founded in 1985, ESWA is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization supporting 225 writers across the Delmarva Peninsula. ESWA manages the Bay-to-Ocean Writers' Conference, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Chesapeake College and annually publishes theDelmarva Review, a literary journal. More information is available at 410-476-3917 or go to www.easternshorewriters.org.