Robert Baer, intelligence columnist for TIME.com and a former CIA agent, writes about matters of national intelligence and the Middle East. His regular column has appeared online since 2006.
Baer is the author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil, which document his experiences as a case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and were made into the Academy-Award-winning film Syriana. Additionally, Baer has helped create two authoritative documentary series on the origins of suicide bombing: TheCult of the Suicide Bomber and The Cult of the Suicide Bomber II. The first series was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006.
Baer joined the CIA in 1976 as a case officer in the Directorate of Operations. During his 20-year career, he had field assignments all over the world, including stations in Madras and New Delhi in India, Beirut in Lebanon, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, and Salah al-Din in northern Iraq. He speaks Arabic fluently, and through his years as a clandestine officer has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the Middle East, Arab world and former Republics of the Soviet Union. When Baer left the CIA in 1997, he received the agency’s Career Intelligence Medal.
Baer is also the author of the novel Blow the House Down, and recently his latest book, The Devil We Know was published in 2008. He has several dramatic film and television projects in production.
Baer graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife.
Updated March 27, 2013