Judith Miller: Biological Weapons in a New Age of Terror

Event offered by:
Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Wednesday, February 27, 2002
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM 
Bar Association of the City of New York
New York, NY
Event type
Lunch / Dinner  

Event Transcripts and Video


Presider: K.T. McFarland, OTR Board of Governors

Event Speakers

    • Judith Miller - Speaker
      Senior Writer, New York Times


      Ms. Miller is an author and senior writer at the New York Times who writes about national security issues with a special emphasis on the Middle East and weapons of mass destruction. In 1977, she joined the paper's Washington Bureau, where she covered the securities industry, Congress, politics, foreign affairs, particularly the Middle East and nuclear proliferation issues. In 1983, Ms. Miller became the first woman to be named chief of the Times' bureau in Cairo, Egypt, responsible for covering the Arab world. In 1986, she became the correspondent in Paris, traveling throughout Europe and North Africa. In 1987 and 1988, she returned to Washington as the Washington Bureau's news editor and deputy bureau chief.


      In May, 1989, Ms. Miller became co-coordinator of a newly created department to enhance the paper's coverage of radio, television, advertising, and publishing. In October, 1990, she was named special correspondent to the Persian Gulf crisis, and after that, the Times' Sunday Magazine's special correspondent. Before joining the Times, Ms. Miller was Washington bureau chief of the monthly magazine, The Progressive. Ms. Miller was also a regular contributor to National Public Radio and wrote articles for other publications.


      Ms. Miller has written four books and contributed chapters to several others. Her most recent book is Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War (Simon & Schuster). Written with two colleagues from the Times, the book has topped the Times best seller list. Her previous book, God Has Ninety-Nine Names, also published by Simon & Schuster in 1996, explores the spread of Islamic extremism in ten Middle Eastern countries, including Israel and Iran. She is also the author of One, By One, By One, a highly praised account of how people in six nations have distorted the memory of the Holocaust, also published by Simon & Schuster in 1990. Within that same year, Ms. Miller co-authored, Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf, the first comprehensive account of the Gulf crisis and biography of the man behind it. This book topped the Times best seller list during the 1991 Gulf War.


      Judith Miller has appeared as an expert on Middle Eastern and national security affairs on national TV news and public affairs shows including ‘Sixty Minutes,' Oprah Winfrey, CNN, ABC's ‘Night Line' and ‘Good Morning America,' The Today Show, as well as, The Charlie Rose Show. She lectures on the Middle East, Islam, national security, and terrorism.


      Born in New York City, Ms. Miller grew up in Miami and Los Angeles, where she graduated from Hollywood High School. She attended Ohio State University, Barnard College and the Institute of European Studies at the University of Brussels. She has a bachelor's degree from Barnard and a Masters from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

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