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Greg Myre

National Security Correspondent

Greg Myre is a national security correspondent with a focus on the intelligence community, a position that follows his many years as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts around the globe.

He was previously the international editor for NPR.org, working closely with NPR correspondents abroad and national security reporters in Washington. He remains a frequent contributor to the NPR website on global affairs. He also worked as a senior editor at Morning Edition from 2008-2011.

Before joining NPR, Myre was a foreign correspondent for 20 years with The New York Times and The Associated Press.

He was first posted to South Africa in 1987, where he witnessed Nelson Mandela's release from prison and reported on the final years of apartheid. He was assigned to Pakistan in 1993 and often traveled to war-torn Afghanistan. He was one of the first reporters to interview members of an obscure new group calling itself the Taliban.

Myre was also posted to Cyprus and worked throughout the Middle East, including extended trips to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. He went to Moscow from 1996-1999, covering the early days of Vladimir Putin as Russia's leader.

He was based in Jerusalem from 2000-2007, reporting on the heaviest fighting ever between Israelis and the Palestinians.

In his years abroad, he traveled to more than 50 countries and reported on a dozen wars. He and his journalist wife Jennifer Griffin co-wrote a 2011 book on their time in Jerusalem, entitled, This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Myre is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington and has appeared as an analyst on CNN, PBS, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox, Al Jazeera and other networks. He's a graduate of Yale University, where he played football and basketball.

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A car drives past the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2019. Americans working at the embassy began reporting unexplained illnesses in 2016. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The U.S. is giving Ukraine weapons and political support, but not troops

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov meet at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva on Monday. The U.S., Russia and European countries are holding a series of talks this week in an attempt to reduce tensions over Ukraine. Russia has some 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine. Denis Balibouse/AP hide caption

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In high-stakes meeting, Russia tells U.S. it isn't planning to invade Ukraine

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In 1986, South African activist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu receives the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize for his commitment and role during the struggle against apartheid, from Coretta Scott King (left), her daughter Christine King Farris (rear) and Tutu's daughter Nontombi Naomi Tutu. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev closes his resignation speech after delivering it at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 25, 1991. After 74 years, the Soviet Union was dissolved, breaking into 15 countries. But there's often been friction among the former Soviet republics, including the current confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. Liu Heung Shing/AP hide caption

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How the Soviet Union's collapse explains the current Russia-Ukraine tension

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with President Biden about the tensions over Ukraine via a videoconference on Dec. 7. Russia has massed some 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine. As Russia's leader, Putin has sent Russian forces on multiple combat missions, including a 2014 invasion of Ukraine. Mikhail Metzel/AP hide caption

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In times of crisis — or to create one — Russia's Putin turns to his military

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Former President Donald Trump spoke at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., on his first full day in office, Jan. 21, 2017. But he had difficult relations with the intelligence community throughout his presidency. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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It's no secret: A CIA book looks at fraught relations with Trump

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After reviewing the CIA's priorities, Director William Burns recently announced the establishment of a China Mission Center at the spy agency. U.S. intelligence officials, current and former, recently spoke at a conference about the challenges posed by China's large spying operation directed at the U.S. Ian Morton/NPR hide caption

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As U.S. spies look to the future, one target stands out: China

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Encore: Havana Syndrome remains a mystery as researchers study microwave beam theory

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Russian demonstrators hold anti-American posters outside the U.S. Embassy in 2015. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the U.S. said the Soviet Union beamed microwave signals at the U.S. Embassy in an attempt to collect intelligence. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Long before Havana Syndrome, the U.S. reported microwaves beamed at an embassy

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In this 2011 photo, then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden walks with then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in southwestern China. Both are now presidents of their countries at a time when U.S.-China relations have been growing increasingly tense. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Is China a threat or an opportunity? Depends which Americans you ask

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With the China Mission Center, the CIA refocuses on the changing world stage

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President Biden speaks during a Sept. 24 summit at the White House that included (clockwise from left) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister at the time. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Long promised and often delayed, the 'pivot to Asia' takes shape under Biden

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CIA Director William Burns has ramped up efforts to determine the cause of "Havana syndrome," a combination of ailments that have afflicted U.S. intelligence officers and diplomats in recent years. A growing number of cases have been reported in Vienna in recent months. Ian Morton/NPR hide caption

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