Norwich’s Peace and War Center Presents Author of Book on Ethical Interrogations Paul Topalian


Feb. 9, 2017

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center in conjunction with the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies presents Paul Topalian, author of “Tradecraft Primer: A Framework for Aspiring Interrogators,” for a talk on ethical interrogation methods to be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

This event is free and open to the public.

Topalian possesses over 30 years experience as an intelligence professional with nearly 20 years in the Asia-Pacific region. He brings with him considerable firsthand multi-agency experience having served throughout the Intelligence Community, to include tours with the Department of Justice. A former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, his senior assignments led him to serve as: Staff Officer within the Director of Central Intelligence Representative’s Office in support of the Pacific Command; Deputy Director for Operations at the Joint Intelligence Center- Pacific;  Chief of the Operations Staff for the National Security Agency in Korea; Senior Intelligence Officer in the Department of Justice’s Office of the U.S. Attorney Hawaii; and as a member to the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Hawaii.  His journey led him overseas to live in Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, and Hong Kong.

Topalian is a 1971 graduate of Norwich University. His graduate degrees include a MA from the U.S. Naval War College and a MS from Salve Regina University.  He is a proud recipient of the national-level Exceptional Intelligence Collector Award under the annual HUMINT (human intelligence) awards program and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. He is the author of the 2016 book, “Tradecraft Primer: A Framework for Aspiring Interrogators.” In it, Topalian advances an ethics-based standard for interrogation tradecraft guided by our nation’s values and two underlying principles: Do No Harm – Respect Human Rights.

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