The International Security and Intelligence
Programme and Conference

At Magdalene College, Cambridge

9th July – 3rd August, 2018

The Cambridge Security Initiative
In partnership with
The Department of War Studies, King’s College London


No other program out there provides you both the ability to receive a comprehensive education on intelligence and security studies and apply that education to your passions.


The University of Caifornia

This four-week summer programme offers a unique opportunity to work with leading practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence communities in the delightful riverside setting of Magdalene College. The University, now one of the highest ranked in the world, dates back to the early C13th and the earliest College foundations are clustered at the heart of the medieval City.

Chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove (formerly head of MI6, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service) and convened by Professor Michael Goodman and Dr David Gioe, the International Security and Intelligence Programme (ISI) will consider the claims of state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyber attack, of terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for regional security and the security challenges of revolutions and governing diversity. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence cycle. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque but still vital roles at the heart of the nation state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, but also its limitations, are major Programme and Conference themes. The panoply of threats facing Western democracies is diverse and the issues which preoccupy the highest levels of government will be discussed and analysed. With its emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice, ISI will appeal to those with an academic or professional interest in intelligence and contemporary threats.

Uniquely, the ISI Programme will host a conference which will examine in more detail many of the key issues explored during the course. Entitled ‘National Security in a Changing World’, the two-day conference will bring together delegates from academia, politics and government agencies.

The International Security and Intelligence program was an amazing opportunity to learn about twenty-first century security issues with some of the best minds in academia and real-world practice…in particular I loved the supervision groups, where we had the benefit of in-depth discussion and guidance from our teacher and peers.


Boston University

I definitely recommended it to anyone who is interested in this topic! 


American University, Beirut

Theresa Khuri Scholarships

Five full-fee scholarships will be available annually for students attending the International Security and Intelligence Summer Programme. These scholarships are dedicated to the memory of Theresa Khuri, her courage, her values and her sacrifice.

The Theresa Khuri Scholarships lend significant further support to CSi’s aim of ensuring that the ISI Programme is open to highly talented students, whatever their backgrounds – a project that Theresa Khuri would have wholeheartedly endorsed.

The 2018 scholarship deadline has passed. Please check back in November for the 2019 application guidelines.

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Theresa Khuri
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” (Nathan Hale, 1776)

Applications for ISI 2019 will open in October.