Intelligence with a Human Face (featuring Stephen Slick)

June 1st, 2020 · 43 mins 20 secs

About this Episode

Former CIA officer Stephen Slick joins us to talk about his nearly three decades in intelligence, spent largely overseas in Ukraine, the Balkans, and East Germany. Professor Slick also discusses his return Stateside to a position in Langley just one week before 9-11 occurred and his present role as an educator at the University of Texas at Austin in building the Intelligence Studies Project--a first of its kind in the United States. We hope you enjoy!


Stephen Slick was appointed in January 2015 as director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Intelligence Studies Project and clinical professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Before moving to Austin, he served for 28 years in the CIA's clandestine service, including five assignments abroad. Between 2005 and 2009, he was a special assistant to the president and the senior director for intelligence programs and reform on the staff of the National Security Council. He received a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and a Master in Public Policy degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

NOTE: This episode was recorded on April 26th, 2020 via Zoom. Professor Slick appears courtesy of the LBJ School of Public Policy and the Intelligence Studies Project at UT Austin. For more information please visit:

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Host/Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
Associate Producer: Milena D-K
Assistant Producer/Social Media Manager: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Development Assistant: Luis Camarena
Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel

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