Bob Baer finds himself watching the “circus” in Washington, D.C., every day.
He has to. It’s part of his job.
“Since I work on TV, I have to keep up with it,” he says in a recent interview. “For me, it’s a matter of stating what you know.”
The former CIA operative is often used as an expert by national news organizations to comment on international intelligence affairs.
The Jewish Federation of New Mexico is bringing Baer in for an event on Monday, Jan. 21, in Santa Fe.
Baer worked for decades as a CIA case officer and has become a commentator and author discussing international relations, espionage and U.S. foreign policy.
He is an expert in Middle East affairs and was previously the host of his own History Channel program titled “Hunting Hitler,” which aired from 2015 to 2017 and chronicled his quest to determine the true fate of Adolf Hitler.
“An Evening With Bob Baer” will feature a special lecture from Baer illustrating his expert background and expertise, including his current thoughts on the geopolitical state of the Middle East and an update on his investigation of Hitler’s post-WWII whereabouts.
Baer never imagined a career in the CIA.
In fact, he says applying to the CIA was a prank.
“I was young and called up the federal center, and they sent me an application,” he says. “It took forever for me to fill it out. I did and sent it in, not thinking anything of it. Then one day I got a call, and off I went to learn.”
Being part of the CIA changed his life.
“You’re always looking for the next adventure,” he says. “I was always assigned abroad. It’s more interesting when things are collapsing. I speak about what I know, and there are decades’ worth of things that I saw. Sometimes you have to step back and take stock of what is happening.”
The event is part of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico’s outreach programming.
“We are pleased to bring Dr. Baer and his world-class expertise to Santa Fe as part of our commitment to community outreach and education,” Zachary Benjamin, executive director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, says in a statement. “We are even more pleased that this event will raise funds and awareness in support of the activities of our federation, including social services for seniors and Holocaust survivors, scholarship programs for high school students, grants for nearly 40 partner nonprofits throughout New Mexico, and so much more.”