Nigel West To Present Keynote Address at 6th Raleigh Spy Conference


March 3, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Nigel West, noted espionage author, military historian, and former member of British Parliament, will discuss his upcoming book “The Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage” as the keynote speaker for the 6th Raleigh Spy Conference at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh March 25-27.

The theme of this year’s event is “Sexspionage: Famous Women Spies and the Ancient Art of Seduction.”

Nigel West, a leading expert on modern espionage, intelligence, secret service and security, has published over 25 books on the subject of intelligence. He is also the European editor of the World Intelligence Review, published in Washington, DC, and the editorial director of St. Ermin’s Press in London.

In 1989, the Observer of London voted West “The Experts’ Expert.” The Sunday Times of London wrote, “His information is often so precise that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services. West’s sources are undoubtedly excellent. His books are peppered with deliberate clues to potential front-page stories.”

“Nigel is an old friend of the Raleigh Spy Conference,” said conference founder and host Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine. “He is a popular and engaging speaker sure to offer telling insights and entertaining stories on this intriguing subject.”

West will present his keynote address on Friday, March 27 at ll:30 a.m.

Other speakers for this year’s conference include Ron Olive, the special agent who served on the team that captured Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard; IC Smith, former FBI special agent who worked to capture Chinese female spy Katrina Leung; British espionage writer and researcher Terry Crowdy, Cold War journalist Jerrold Schecter and his wife Leona; and former CIA officer Brian J. Kelley.

Sponsors for the 6th Raleigh Spy Conference include Rosemary and Smedes York and Florence and Charles Winston. This year the conference is presented in association with NC State University’s Department of Political Science, Andrew Taylor, Chairman.

For more information, including registration, ticket prices, speakers biographies, sessions schedule and local accommodations, go to

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