April 19, 2021
12:00pm to 12:45pm

A Sustaining Member event featuring author Jack Devine on his latest book, Spymaster's Prism: The Fight Against Russian Aggression.

Please note: this event is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Ashley McKenzie at amckenzie@pacificcouncil.org.


Jack Devine, Founding Partner and President, The Arkin Group LLC

Jack Devine is a founding partner and President of the Arkin Group LLC, which specializes in international crisis management, strategic intelligence, investigative research, and business problem-solving. He is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. Read more.


Dr. Agnia Grigas, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Dr. Grigas is a political economist who specializes in energy and security issues of Europe, the post-Soviet space, and Russia. Read more.


In Spymaster’s Prism, former spymaster Jack Devine details the unending struggle with Russia and its intelligence agencies as it works against U.S. national security. Devine tells this story through the unique perspective of a seasoned CIA professional who served more than three decades, some at the highest levels of the agency. He uses his gimlet-eyed view to walk us through the fascinating spy cases and covert action activities of Russia, not only through the Cold War past but up to and including its interference in the Trump era. Devine also looks over the horizon to see what lies ahead in this struggle and provides prescriptions for the future.

Based on personal experience and exhaustive research, Devine builds a vivid and complex mosaic that illustrates how Russia’s intelligence activities have continued uninterrupted throughout modern history, using fundamentally identical policies and techniques to undermine our democracy. He shows in stark terms how intelligence has been modernized and weaponized through the power of the cyber world.

Devine presents his analysis using clear-eyed vision and a repertoire of better-than-fiction spy stories, giving us an objective, riveting, and candid take on U.S.-Russia relations. He offers key lessons from our intelligence successes and failures over the past seventy-five years that will help us determine how to address our current strategic shortfall, emerge ahead of the Russians, and be prepared for what’s to come from any adversary.

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