John is a former senior officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring after 29 years of distinguished government service which included numerous high-level positions internationally and in Washington DC, as well as with the U.S. military and U.S. Department of State. His assignments included tours throughout the Middle East and Africa, as well as extensive experience in Europe. John is a fluent Arabist who has developed an expertise in geopolitical and transnational issues related to the Middle East, Islam, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber issues. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College (BA in history) and Harvard University (MA in Middle East Studies). He is married and has three sons.