Hans Rühle

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Born31 December, 1939
Stuttgart, Germany
Member ofLe Cercle

Hans Rühle was Head of the Social Science Institute of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. From 1982 to 1988 he was Head of the Planning Staff of the German Ministry of Defense. Thereafter, he served as coordinator of the newly created Federal Security Academy. From 1990 to 1995 he was General Manager of the NATO Multirole Combat Aircraft Development and Production Management Agency (NAMMA). He publishes frequently on transatlantic security affairs, notably on nuclear proliferation.[1]

Iran’s former deputy defense minister, who went missing during a 2006 official visit to Turkey, was kidnapped in a joint Israeli-German-British operation, according to an Iranian newsmagazine. Brigadier general Ali-Reza Asgari, who once commanded Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, disappeared on December 9, 2006, from his hotel room in Istanbul, Turkey. Little more than a year later, Hans Rühle, former Director of Policy Planning in the German Ministry of Defense, wrote in Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung that Asgari was in Western hands and that “information was obtained” from him.[1]

On March 19, 2009, Hans Rühle, former chief of the planning staff of the German Defense Ministry, wrote in the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung that Iran was financing a Syrian nuclear reactor. Rühle did not identify the sources of his information. He wrote that U.S. intelligence had detected North Korean ship deliveries of construction supplies to Syria that started in 2002, and that the construction was spotted by American satellites in 2003, who detected nothing unusual, partly because the Syrians had banned radio and telephones from the site and handled communications solely by messengers.[1]

Deep political connections

He attended Le Cercle in Bonn in 1983.[1]


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1983 (Bonn)30 June 19833 July 1983Germany
Le Cercle/1984 (Bonn)5 July 19847 July 1984Germany
Held in Bonn, West Germany, the list of the 36 visitors was published online in 2011.


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