David Robarge, Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency, delivered a lecture on the use of covert actions during the Cold War.
October 03, 2019
On Thursday, October 3, 2019, Dr. David Robarge, Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency, delivered a lecture detailing the use of covert action during the Cold War. He began by distinguishing covert action from counterintelligence and espionage, asserting that covert actions are those taken with the explicit purpose of prompting political change in a target country without formal recognition by or attribution from the US government. After establishing this framework, he presented a historical survey of both successful and unsuccessful covert action operations undertaken by the CIA during the Cold War. Dr. Robarge concluded his lecture with the argument that most covert actions have been pursued for democratic purposes.