“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Paul Hollingsworth will draw on his time on the National Security Council staff and 27 years in the CIA to discuss the interplay between policy and intelligence, including how it works in both theory and in practice.
Mr. Hollingsworth has been the intelligence advisor on Eurasia for BP since September 2014. He previously served for 27 years in a variety of capacities in the Central Intelligence Agency, including overseas assignments in Russia and Greece and a domestic assignment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For the final two years of his government career he was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs on the National Security Council staff at the White House.
He has a B.A. in Catholic theology from Georgetown University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Byzantine and Medieval Slavic Studies from the University of California (Berkeley).