Fmr. Senior CIA Official Marc Polymeropoulos and author of Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA joins Ron Steslow to discuss Havana Syndrome, his struggle for treatment, and what he learned about leadership in 26 years at the CIA.
(01:14) Marc’s 26 year CIA career
(03:40) "Easily the most terrifying night of my life"
(04:58) Moscow’s motivation for directed energy attacks
(09:56) The CIA’s “call to arms" after the 2016 election
(12:44) Fighting for treatment
(16:29) Becoming a leader in times of crisis
(25:03) What happened in Helsinki?
(29:27) Morale—and dysfunction—through the Trump presidency
(33:26) When former senior officials speak out, listen
(36:46) Leadership principles versus the former president
(41:00) Identifying leaders among political candidates
(43:56) Protecting democracy domestically
(48:30) Showing and sharing the world with Marc’s family
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