Richard A. Clarke is a former key advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism who worked during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Starting in 1998, he also served as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism for the U.S. National Security Council.
In “The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats,” Clarke and fellow cybersecurity expert Robert K. Knake provide a vivid, engrossing tour of cyberspace, introducing us to the scientists, executives and public servants who have learned through hard experience how government agencies and private firms can fend off cyber threats.
Upon leaving the Bush administration in 2003, Clarke began speaking about his experience and future predictions about intelligence and counterterrorism. He is an on-air ABC News consultant on political and security issues, and lectures at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Clarke has appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” CNN and more, where he has spoken about cyber war, crisis management, terrorism, the Middle East and other major political issues of our time. Additionally, Clarke has written several op-eds on these subjects for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His 2018 podcast, “Future State,” discussed the issues crucial to voters in the weeks preceding the election with such high-profile guests as former Secretary Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton.
Clarke currently chairs the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He has written seven books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.”
Amber Scorah is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is author of the memoir “Leaving the Witness,” published by Viking Books.
After growing up in the Jehovah's Witness faith, Scorah learned Mandarin Chinese and moved to Mainland China to become an underground missionary. In China, encountering a new culture and making friends outside the faith for the first time, Scorah came to question the beliefs she had been taught from childhood and ended up leaving the religion. Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery, with no education or support system.
Scorah later moved to New York City, where she began a new life. Several years later, her three-month old son died on his first day in childcare. After this tragedy, Scorah became a parental leave advocate. Combining forces with a Republican mother, their bipartisan efforts brought the cause of parental leave to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
Before coming to New York City, Scorah was creator and host of the podcast “Dear Amber—The Insider's Guide to Everything China,” one of iTunes' Top 10 Podcasts of 2008. She is a TEDx speaker and has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR Morning Edition, CBC’s The Current, CTV’s Your Morning and more. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Cut, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.