Category: An Operative’s Perspective

It’s one thing to stay on top of all the international espionage news – it’s another thing all together to read between the lines and figure out what’s really happening. Below you’ll find the incisive thoughts, musings and analysis of an operative who used to work undercover for the U.S. government. For two decades, Haggai Carmon, an international lawyer and the author of the Dan Gordon Thriller Series, chased multimillion dollar, white-collar fraudsters (and sometimes terrorists) to thirty countries around the world. For the perspective of an insider, you’ve come to the right place.

The Sick Man Upon the Bosphorus: D...

By Haggai Carmon

On May 14, 1876, the New York Times ridiculed the Ottoman Empire, reminding its readers that “It is now some twenty years since we began to hear about the ‘sick man upon the Bosphorus,’ yet the same sort of talk, under somewhat different conditions, is current today. The Ottoman Empire seems to have …

Tango with Tehran

By Haggai Carmon

Time has come for the world to recognize that a nuclear-armed Iran could bring the economy to their knees by hiking the price of Middle East oil, and that what is needed is more than rhetoric and mild sanctions against Iran.

“Let’s tango with the Americans,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to his …

A Dangerous Tit-for-Tat

By Haggai Carmon

Iranian officials are accusing the United States of trying to encourage a “velvet revolution” in Iran. That term was first used in 1989 to describe the nonviolent revolution in Czechoslovakia that overthrew the communist government. And indeed, as part of its velvet war against Iran, the United States is broadcasting cultural programs in …

Bracing for the worst

By Haggai Carmon

While the world eyes Dubai’s failing economy with great concern, across the bay, Iran sees opportunity. Dubai is the only oil-free city-state of the United Arab Emirates. Until mid-November, it was best known for its spectacular economy and luxurious high-rises.

Intelligence services the world over, however, have long regarded Dubai as a rat’s …

Beware of ‘diplomatic immunity’...

By Haggai Carmon

The email message below has been circulated on the Internet and is just one example of many. This one is obviously a scam, but some are more convincingly written and somewhat harder to see through. I strongly recommend that diplomatic missions advise their staff of this type of scam, which targets individuals who …