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Exploring the Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial

  • 23 May 2018
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Lyceum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314



Exploring the Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial

Dr. Andrew Friedman, author of Exploring the Covert Capital

U.S. foreign policy after World War II played out to an extraordinary degree not in Foggy Bottom or on Capitol Hill, but in the northern Virginia suburbs. [Andrew Friedman’s Exploring the Covert Capital looks at the ways in which northern Virginia's suburban landscape furnished cover for clandestine activity during the height of the Cold War. International intrigue played out in lush neighborhoods, next to a pool and with a martini in hand. Or--in one of our local watering holes, such as O’Toole’s and the Vienna Inn. Safe houses abounded, using the privacy of our leafy suburbs to hide CIA operatives. The suburbs of northern Virginia were the venue where the clandestine elements of U.S. foreign policy were put into motion, resulting in lasting changes not only to northern Virginia but also the nation. 

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