The Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism honors the memory of longtime Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Kenneth A. Moskow. At the time of his death in 2008, he was president of American Venture Corporation, a real estate development company with projects in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. For most of his professional life, however, he worked in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), first as an undercover operations officer in southern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean and later in senior positions at the Counterterrorism Center and as a field station chief. This event has been made possible by a generous bequest from Mr. Moskow, whose intent was to establish an annual meeting at CFR to bring together the leaders of the intelligence community and promote discussion on critical issues in counterterrorism.
Throughout his life and even in his death, Mr. Moskow challenged himself to pursue great heights. On September 11, 2008, he set out on an expedition with a group of former colleagues from the CIA to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. As he neared the summit eight days later, he collapsed and died from the effects of altitude. He was forty-eight years old. More than his many professional accomplishments, intellectual curiosity, and unwavering patriotism, Mr. Moskow is most remembered by his colleagues, friends, and family as a person with sterling character, boundless energy, a perpetual smile, and an unbridled passion for life. He believed strongly in the importance of public service and had the utmost respect for his colleagues in the intelligence community and the military who work tirelessly every day to make the world a safer place.