The Cambridge Security Initiative
& The Department of War Studies, King’s College London
The International Security and
Intelligence Programme and
Magdalene College, Cambridge
5th July – 31st July, 2020
The Cambridge Security Initiative & The Department of War Studies, King’s College London
The International Security and Intelligence Programme and Conference
Magdalene College, Cambridge
5th July – 31st July, 2020
The 2020 ISI Programme and Conference: UPDATE
After much deliberation the Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi) Chairman and the Trustees of CSi have made the decision to cancel the 2020 ISI Programme and Conference. Many of our partner universities overseas are not supporting study abroad programmes and Cambridge University has cancelled its summer school as have a number of colleges. Most of the University will remain closed until the start of the new academic year in October 2020. In these circumstances we felt that we had no alternative but to cancel the 2020 ISI Programme and Conference. This of course is a great disappointment to all concerned but it was also widely expected.
Plans have been put in place for previously enrolled students and they have been notified of this via email.
We greatly value your continued interest in ISI and encourage you to keep up to date with CSi Analytic Reports and subscribe to our mailing list: https://thecsi.org.uk/reportsupdates/
If you have any questions regarding this decision please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, the former Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, this four-week Programme provides a unique opportunity to study with leading academics and practitioners from the intelligence and security communities in the historic setting of one of the world’s foremost universities.
Through the lens of professional practitioners, senior officials who have been closely involved in the world of intelligence and leading scholars, you will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society. Themes to be explored will include: the claims of state secrecy, threats of nuclear proliferation, cyber warfare, radicalisation and acts of terrorism, regional insecurity, the challenges posed by revolutions and the governance of diversity, intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination, counter-intelligence and covert action. The panoply of threats currently facing Western democracies is diverse and the issues which preoccupy the highest levels of government will be discussed and analysed.
ISI models its approach to teaching and learning on that offered at the University of Cambridge. The academic pace of the Programme is set by lectures, seminars, individual guided research and not least by the two-day annual ISI conference on; Intelligence and National Security Policy in a Changing World. The Conference brings together speakers and delegates from governments, security agencies, academia and business to explore a wide range of security-related issues. Past speakers have included heads of the British Cabinet Office, the French Security Service, GCHQ and MI6, distinguished academics, ambassadors and business leaders.
ISI comprises two taught courses (1) Topics in International Security and Intelligence and (2) Supervised Independent Research into a security or intelligence theme with guidance at regular ‘supervisions’ where small groups of students work with experts in their chosen research field, an approach central to teaching at Cambridge.
Collegiate life revolves around Magdalene College, founded in 1428. Its idyllic riverside location in the City centre ensures that you will enjoy both the peace and quiet of the College’s courts and gardens and everything that Cambridge has to offer.
The Chair of the Programme is Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG, OBE, who served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from August 1999 until 2004.Convening the programme will be Professor Michael S. Goodman, BA(Hons), MA, PhD, FRHistS, Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs, Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, a specialist in intelligence history and Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee, and Dr David Gioe, currently Assistant Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, having previously spent a more than a decade working in the US intelligence community, including roles in the FBI, the CIA and the Office of Naval Intelligence.
Applications are invited from students and practitioners with an intellectual or professional interest in statecraft and the interlocking themes of intelligence, security, defence and foreign policy.
The ISI program provides the unique opportunity to learn from academics and practitioners, as well as collaborate with students, from around the world. Instead of being in a homogenous classroom filled with students that all make decisions based on the American perspective, ISI fosters an environment that allows students to challenge their ideas and illuminate one another to opposing views. In doing so, students cultivate relationships with faculty and colleagues that will support and serve them as they begin, or continue, their career.
The International Security and Intelligence Programme is an exceptional experience and I am truly grateful for the time I have spent in Cambridge. The programme offers a unique opportunity for interaction and collaboration between professional practitioners and the academic world. The many accomplished lecturers and guest speakers provide exclusive access to a wealth of knowledge and rare practical experience otherwise difficult to tap into. Furthermore, I believe that the student body itself, spanning multiple countries, a wide variety of professional backgrounds, and all levels of higher education, offer exciting and inspiring new perspectives on contemporary security- and intelligence related issues. Additionally, the programme provides a friendly social environment for forging new professional and personal connections.