In 1972 she authored a study on Finland's relationship with the Soviet Union.  In 1981 she was handed the assignment to gather analysis on the Soviet Union’s alleged support and direction of international terrorism. Her assessment was that the Soviets considered international terrorist activities counterproductive and advised groups they supported not to use such tactics.
She has published two books on Soviet leaders. Her co-author on her latest book, Melvin A. Goodman, was also a senior analyst as well as division chief and at the CIA's Office of Soviet Affairs from 1976 to 1986.
- Carolyn M. Ekedahl at Potomac Books, Inc.
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- Filling a gap in Robert Gates’ resume Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Atlantic Council Senior Fellows alumni Archived June 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence. Nomination of Robert M Gates" (PDF). (8.91 MiB) scanned document, 228 pages
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