Faculty Fireside Chat: Russian Spies in America
with former CIA agent and current IU faculty member Gene Coyle
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 * 7 p.m. * HHC Great Room * Free and Open to the Public
In July of this year, 10 Russian deep-cover intelligence officers
were expelled from the United States for espionage. What were they doing?
What were they looking for? Given all the emphasis since 9/11 on tracking
down and capturing terrorists, how much old-fashioned espionage still goes on the 21st century?
During the Cold War, waged in the second half of the twentieth century between the Soviet Union
and its satellite states and the Western world, particularly the United States, spies were the
stuff of legend and reality. Who is spying on whom these days?
Join former CIA officer Gene Coyle for an informal fireside chat about modern-day espionage.
Coyle, who speaks Russian, Greek, Portuguese, and German, spent 14 of his 30 years
with the Central Intelligence Agency working undercover in various countries, including
Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Portugal, and Greece. Coyle has been teaching at IU since 2004,
for the first two years under a CIA academic outreach program and more recently as an adjunct
professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is the author of the spy novels
The Dream Merchant of Lisbon and
No Game for Amateurs and has written articles for the CIA's Studies in Intelligence
For Coyle's comments on the summer expulsion, go to