The former director of the CIA talked foreign relations, global trends and cyber security during the first lecture on Jan. 22.

by: Katie Johns Community Editor
When people ask John Brennan what kept him up at night during his tenure as CIA Director, he tells them two things: either spicy Mexican food or nothing, because he was so exhausted.

Brennan opened this year’s Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series on Jan. 22 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

As for a serious answer as to what kept him up at night, cybersecurity was one thing, he shared with the crowd.

“The role of the government in a digital domain is still uncertain,” he said.

During Brennan’s speech, he touched on five “buckets of issues,” including cybersecurity. The others: the CIA, where he worked for 25 years before serving as director (2013-2017); global trends; U.S. relations with Russia and China; and hotspots in the world, such as North Korea and Iran.

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