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Chicago Leadership Forum

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A "session" is a gathering of men and women to hear the words of a prominent community leader, on a topic of contemporary importance, and on the application of Judeo-Christian principles to daily life, as a family member, professional, and citizen.

Robert R. Reilly

Senior Fellow for Strategic Communication

Robert Reilly has taught at the National Defense University, and served in the Office of The Secretary of Defense, where he was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy (2002-2006). He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of information. Before that, he was director of the Voice of America, where he had worked the prior decade. Mr. Reilly has served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President (1983-1985), and in the U.S. Information Agency both in DC and abroad. In the private sector, he spent more than seven years with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, as both national director and then president. He was on active duty as an armored cavalry officer for two years, and attended Georgetown University and the Claremont Graduate University. He has published widely on foreign policy, “war of ideas” issues, and classical music. His latest book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, was published by ISI Press last year. In September 2011, Mr. Reilly wrote an analysis of the so-called Arab Spring, entitled, “Will the Arab Spring Turn Into Winter?”, which can be found at MercatorNet.com.

Please click here for a review of Mr. Reilly’s latest book by Fr. C. John McCloskey at Catholicity.com.