John Cassara

The World Affairs Council is upping its game when it comes to topical speakers.

In fact, WAC is bringing to Louisville a whole series of intelligence operatives and global security experts as part of its WAC Speaker Series on National Security.

Their timing is dramatic.

On Sept. 11, the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York and Washington D.C., WAC is presenting former Central Intelligence Agency Operative John Cassara. Cassara will discuss how terrorists finance attacks and what can be done to stop them.

Cassara spent 26 years working as an intelligence officer officer, then a Treasury Special Agent. He also had assignments in the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, according to a news release.

2488374_origHe recently wrote a novel, “Deamons of Gadara,” which is scheduled to be released in September, according to the release. Cassara also has written non-fiction books on terror financing including “On the Trail of Terror Finance.”

From the release:

As a Pakistani businessman involved in the grey markets once told me, “Mr. John, don’t you realize that your adversaries are transferring money and value right under your noses? The West doesn’t see it. Your enemies are laughing at you.”

A networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and a book signing with Cassara will follow the presentation.  Click here for more information and registration.

The event is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the the Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St.

Tickets are $15  for members, $25 for non-members. You can order tickets online here.

Next as part of the National Security Series, David Fidler is scheduled to speak Wed., Oct. 2 on “American Cybersecurity: Policy After the Snowden Affair”

About The World Affairs Council: The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote international affairs to the region through its international visitor program and speaker events.


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