Gary Sick

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(mariner, academic, spook)
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Alma materUniversity of Kansas, George Washington University, Columbia University
ExposedOctober Surprise
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members 3
"The point man in the White House dealing with Iran" under Jimmy Carter. Wrote a working paper for the 1990 Bilderberg. Exposed October surprise in 1991.

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In office
1975 - 1980
EmployerNational Security Council
"the point man in the White House dealing with Iran" under Carter

Gary G. Sick is an American academic and analyst of Middle East affairs, with special expertise on Iran. He worked on the U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, where he was "the point man in the White House dealing with Iran"[1], and for a couple weeks under Reagan as well.

He then became an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Acting Director of the Middle East Institute at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.[2]

He wrote a working paper for the 1990 Bilderberg.[3]

Gary Sick has been an active proponent of the October surprise. On April 15, 1991, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Sick that stated "individuals associated with the Reagan-Bush campaign of 1980 met secretly with Iranian officials to delay the release of the American hostages until after the Presidential election. For this favor, Iran was rewarded with a substantial supply of arms from Israel."[4]

About him

The following was extracted from the archived article Gary Sick & "Gulf 2000". Masquerading in Academia published online by Mid-East Realities (MER):

"Masquerading as an academic (now associated with Columbia Univ.), Gary Sick has always maintained his government, military and CIA ties in one way or another. Sick's involvements go back at least to the James Earl Carter, Jr. Administration when he was one of the major operatives attempting to prevent and then overturn the Iranian revolution."


He received a BA from University of Kansas in 1957, a Master of Science degree at George Washington University in 1970, followed by a PhD in political science at Columbia University in 1973.[5]


Sick was captain in the U.S. Navy[5], being deployed in the Persian Gulf, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Sick worked at the National Security Council staff under Presidents Gerald R. Ford, James Earl Carter, Jr. and Ronald Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis.

After leaving the government, Sick became Deputy Director for International Affairs at the Ford Foundation from 1982 to 1987, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy.

He was the executive director of Gulf/2000 Project, an international research project on political, economic and security developments in the Persian Gulf, being conducted at Columbia University in 1994-95, with support from the W. Alton Jones, Ford, MacArthur, Carnegie, Soros, Rockefeller, and ExxonMobil Foundations.[6]

He is emeritus member of the board of directors of Human Rights Watch[7]

He sat on the Global Political Risk Advisory Board of PIRA Energy Group [8]


Axis of Evil

"Middle East Institute's Gary Sick Says 'Axis of Evil' Label Promotes a Pentagon, Not State Dept., Agenda: Gary Sick, acting director of the Middle East Institute, says the phrase axis of evil, used by President George W. Bush to refer to Iran, Iraq and North Korea, marked an attempt by the Pentagon to put the issue of nuclear non-proliferation back on the public agenda. The administration views the three nations as potential proliferators of nuclear weapons." Quote published April 4, 2002.

Establishing relations with Iran

The following was extracted from "the text of the speech made by Mohammad Parvin, the Mission for Establshment of Human Rights in Iran (MEHR) "representative, at the University of Washington, Seattle, given on May 17, 2003: "US-Iran Relations From Containment to Empowerment."

"Let's examine the intention of those who lobby for establishing relations with the IRI (Islamic Regime of Iran) and argue that it will be for the benefit of Iranian people. And who could be a better candidate than Gary Sick for this study. Gary Sick is one of the AIC (American Iranian Council)'s Board members, the leading lobby group for IRI, as well as the Director of Gulf 2000, an International Research project on policy developments in the Persian gulf. He was National Security Council Staff, with Carter Administration. He has been vigorously lobbying for the relations with the Islamic Regime for years."[1]

Carpet bombing

A very interesting exchange of comments regarding Gary Sick comes from the U.S. Department of State Daily Briefing with State Department spokesman Margaret D. Tutwiler for January 22, 1991:

"Q Margaret, when the Iraqi Charge came in, he complained about civilian casualties of allied bombardments and we were told that he had produced no evidence of it. But generally speaking, can you address the question of what Gary Sick, for instance, who --

A Who?

Q Captain Gary Sick, who was on the NSC in the Carter Administration — Jimmy Carter Administration.

A I don't know him.

Q The Jimmy Carter Administration — the Democratic Administration. Gary Sick said the United States is engaged in carpet-bombing, which he didn't say was wrong —

A Does he currently serve at the Pentagon?

Q No, no, he serves on television. No, he teaches at (Laughter) — he teaches at Columbia and he writes books and he's an authority on the Persian Gulf and on the Middle East. He, among other people — I don't want to single him out particularly — thinks that there are civilian victims of this bombing and that the United States is killing a lot of Iraqis. Can you address that?

A One, I apologize in advance for my ignorance in not knowing who this gentleman is, but I would have to say that, as you've just confirmed to me, he is not working at the Pentagon. He's not currently at the National Security Council, and I would doubt that he is in the information flow of what our government is or is not doing."


  • All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran (Random House, 1985)
  • October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan (Random House/Times Books, 1991)
  • The Persian Gulf at the Millennium: Essays in Politics, Economy, Security, and Religion (St. Martin's Press, 1997)

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Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19883 June 19885 June 1988Austria
The 36th meeting, 114 participants
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