May 1, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Middle East Institute
1319 18th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

bookThe Middle East Institute (MEI) and Richard A. Clarke are pleased to host a launch event for Jamie Metzl's new book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. In his book, Metzl examines how the genetic revolution will transform our healthcare, procreation, and future as a species and the massive implications this will have on our national and global security.

Please join us for a discussion on the relationship between genetic-engineering and biology with Jamie Metzl and chairman of MEI's Board of Governors Richard Clarke.


Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


Jamie Metzl, author
Author, Hacking Darwin; Senior fellow, Atlantic Council
Jamie Metzl is a technology futurist and geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and senior fellow of the Atlantic Council. In February 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing. Metzl previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He is a former partner of a New York-based global investment firm, serves on the advisory council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab, is a faculty member for Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference, was chief strategy officer for a biotechnology company, and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City in 2004. He has served as an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines, advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones, and is the Honorary Ambassador to North America of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy. 

Richard Clarke, moderator
Chairman, Board of Governors, MEI
Richard Clarke served for thirty years in U.S. government national security agencies, including the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House National Security Council (NSC). In the Reagan administration, he was deputy assistant secretary for Intelligence. In the Bush (41) Administration, he was assistant secretary of state for politico-military affairs. During an unprecedented ten consecutive years with the NSC, Clarke served as special assistant to the president for global affairs, senior director for transnational threats, national coordinator for counter-terrorism, and special advisor to the president for cyber security. Since leaving government, he has taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, served as an on air consultant for ABC News for nine years, and managed Good Harbor Consulting for a decade. He has published numerous books and novels, including Pinnacle Event (St. Martin's Press, 2015) and the New York Times #1 best seller, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror. Clarke also serves on other boards, including Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and several U.S. information technology security companies