Robert Baer

Portrayed by George Clooney in the Academy Award-winning film Syriana, expert on American intelligence and the War on Terror.

Conversations With History: Robert Baer
  • About Robert Baer

    Robert Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history. Over several decades he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. He was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. He is the author of four New York Timesbestsellers: his most recent, The Company We Keep, which he wrote with his wife, Dayna, tells the story of a real-life “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” saga;Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; See No Evil, which recounts Baer’s years as a top CIA operative, and The Devil We KnowSee No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. Readers have been intrigued by these in-depth accounts of how the CIA and other intelligence agencies work.

    He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Middle East and frequently appears on all major news outlets.

    Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity FairThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

  • Speaking Topics

    National Security

    Terrorism

    The CIA

    The Middle East

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  • Praise for Robert Baer

    Praise for The Company We Keep

    [A] bloody, suspenseful story of love and deceit.

    Mens Journal

    The Company We Keep is a breezy, often fascinating account of this CIA romance, with tradecraft details and war stories thrown in to make it catnip for any fan of espionage fiction...That the Baers coaxed a happy ending out of all this is not the least remarkable part of their appealing story, and hats off to them.

    The Washington Post
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