The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Drawing on 17 years of working on issues related to North Korea, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani asks, where are we now? What do we make of Kim Jungun’s regime that has increased tensions exponentially, with missile launches, threats of a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the U.S., and the brutal execution of his uncle, but that now also wants talks with the U.S and has sent senior officials to major international meetings? Should we not probe to determine if there’s hope in getting them to denuclearize, with the prospect of normal relations? With no friends, will a relatively small, poor country give up its nuclear weapons that easily? Ambassador DeTrani will address these issues among others before opening the floor to questions.

Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani was named President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) on February 5, 2013.  As President, he leads INSA, a nonprofit professional think tank that focuses on national security issues, as its Chief Executive Officer on a day-to-day basis.

Prior to joining INSA, Ambassador DeTrani was the Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the National Counter proliferation Center and the Intelligence Community Mission Manager for North Korea.  Prior to joining the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2006, Ambassador DeTrani served at the Department of State as the Special Envoy for Six-Party Talks with North Korea, with the rank of Ambassador, and as the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO).

Before his service with the Department of State, Ambassador DeTrani had a distinguished career with the Central Intelligence Agency.  As a member of the Senior Executive Service, his Washington assignments included leadership positions as the Director of East Asia Operations, Director for European Operations, Director of the Office of Technical Services, Director of Public Affairs, Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center and Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence.  Ambassador DeTrani spent a number of years overseas, primarily in East Asia and China.  He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and proficient in French.

Ambassador DeTrani is the recipient of numerous awards, to include the Donovan Award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Commandant’s Award.  He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and is a graduate of New York University (NYU), where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and attended NYU School of Law and Graduate School of Business Administration.  He received a Certificate in Chinese from the State Department Foreign Language School in Taiwan and attended Harvard’s International Security Program for executives.  Ambassador DeTrani is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is an adjunct professor at two local graduate schools, teaching courses and mentoring students in issues dealing with U.S. - China relations.

Ambassador DeTrani has published numerous articles dealing with North Korea, China, Iran, Cyber espionage and non-proliferation issues.


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