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CIA Symposium Looks at Role of Intelligence in Arab-Israeli War of 1973

Nixon Presidential Library Hosts Declassified Document Release Event in Yorba Linda, Calif.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 1PM to 5:30PM


CIA’s Historical Collections Division (HCD) will hold a symposium to examine newly declassified intelligence covering the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.  The symposium entitled “Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War” highlights the  CIA’s publication of more than 400 declassified documents—200 released for the first time—in a collection that includes “Situation Reports” prepared daily during the crisis.

Middle East experts, historians, and former policymakers and intelligence analysts will examine factors that led to the missed call on the Arab-Israeli War of 1973, and consider how lessons learned from what historians deem to have been an “intelligence failure” informs intelligence gathering and assessments on the Middle East today.

The more than 3,200 pages of materials in “President Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War” will be posted online the day of the conference, at Booklets containing the materials on an accompanying CD-ROM will be distributed free to symposium attendees.


Speakers will include Charles E. Allen (former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security); William Quandt (National Security Council staff member in the Nixon and Carter administrations between 1972–1974 and 1977-1979); Andy Liepman (former Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center); Richard Kovar (former chief of CIA’s Middle East Task Force); James Gelvin (Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, UCLA); and Emile A. Nakhleh, PhD (former Senior Intelligence Officer, Research Professor, University of New Mexico).


Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, Calif. 92886.


Please contact the CIA Office of Public Affairs at 703-482 -7778 or

About the Historical Collections Division
The Historical Collections Division (HCD) identifies, reviews, and declassifies collections of documents dealing with historically significant events to fill important gaps in the historical record. The office hosts public conferences and symposia, often with academic institutions and Presidential libraries, to draw attention to important collections and make them available to the broadest audience possible. Previous collections released by the CIA’s HCD can be seen here:

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