In a cavernous, dimly-lit auditorium in Washington last month, three officials took the stage.
They settled themselves into tan, leather armchairs and fielded questions, including this one: Name a global flashpoint you're looking to with concern?
"North Korea," came the reply from one. "And how the United States and China deal with that situation."
The exchange is worth noting because the three people on stage were current or former CIA officials.