Intelligence and National Security Policy in a Changing World

ISI hosts an annual 2-day conference addressing key contemporary issues impacting on the security and intelligence worlds. ISI participants will be joined at the conference by invited guests from the worlds of business, government, academia, security professionals and the military.

The conference programme is built around a series of panel discussions and includes a Formal Dinner in King’s College. There is no additional charge for attending the conference and dinner for participants in the ISI programme.

The International Security and Intelligence Programme
2019 Conference 19 – 20 July, Cambridge, UK

Intelligence and National Security Policy in a Changing World

ISI is pleased to announce details of its 2019 2-day conference addressing key contemporary issues impacting on the security and intelligence worlds. ISI programme participants will be joined at the conference by guests from the worlds of business, government, academia, security and the military. Built around a series of presentations and panel discussions., all conference sessions will be held at the Old Divinity School, Trinity Street, Cambridge. The first day of the conference will conclude with a formal dinner at King’s College. There is no additional charge for attending the conference and dinner for participants in the ISI programme.

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Friday 19 July

The conference will be opened by Sir Richard Dearlove, Chair of the Cambridge Security Initiative. The first morning session will begin with a conversation between Lord Wilson, former Cabinet Secretary, and Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ, who will discuss the interface between government and the security services.

This will be followed by two panel discussions the first focusing on: Africa and the Middle East – unfolding Security and Intelligence challenges. Discussants will include; Dr. Renad Mansour, Dr. Tom Maguire and LCDR Vicki Moore.

The second will look at the military and security implications of recent developments in Cyber and Artificial Intelligence. Discussants will include the former Deputy Head of the National Security Agency, Chris Inglis, Dr. Joe Hatfield and Di Cooke.

In the afternoon, Professor Brendan Simms will present a paper entitled; Ordered or ordering? Britain’s post-Brexit role in Europe in historical perspective.

This will be followed by a discussion focused on Countering-Terrorism – led by the former Head of the U.K.’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre.

Saturday 20 July

The Saturday morning will see two key-note presentations. The first will be given by Sir Tony Brenton, former British Ambassador to Russia, on Russia; Bear or Porcupine?

This will be followed by a conversation between Bernard Cazeneuve, former French Interior Minister and Prime Minister who, in conversation with Sir David Omand, will bring a French perspective to some of the Conference’s main themes, not least Counter-terrorism. Both sessions will include ample time for wider discussion.

The final afternoon will be devoted to the security and intelligence challenges posed by developments in China and more broadly in the Asia/Pacific region. There will be opening contributions from Professor Stefan Halper and Nigel Inkster who will be joined by Angus Knowles-Cutler and Sir Richard Dearlove, among others, in a broader discussion of the key issues.

Conference Speaker Biographies


Sir Richard Dearlove, KCMG, OBE Richard Dearlove served as Chief (known as ‘C’) of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI6) from August 1999 until his retirement in July 2004. For the preceding five years he was Director of Operations and, from 1998, Assistant Chief. Sir Richard is a career intelligence officer of 38 years standing and has served in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva, and Washington as well as in a number of key London-based posts. Between 2004 and 2015 Sir Richard was Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge and currently Chairs the Trustees of the University of London.

Bernard Cazeneuve Bernard Cazeneuve is a lawyer and graduate of the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux. He has held a number of key positions in the French Government including Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, Minister for European Affairs, and Minister for the Budget. He was Minister of the Interior in January 2015 when France suffered a series of terrorist attacks which started with the assault on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. He is currently a Partner at the law firm August Debouzy.

Professor Sir David Omand GCB After a distinguished government career in defence, security and intelligence, David Omand is now one of the leading figures in shaping public debate on national security. He was the first appointee, in 2002, to the re-vamped post of UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible for the UK’s national counter-terrorism strategy and ‘homeland security’. He spent much of his earlier career in the Ministry of Defence, including as Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Deputy Secretary for Policy, Under Secretary in charge of the defence programme, and Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. He also served for three years in Brussels as Defence Counsellor to NATO and for seven years on the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee. He is currently Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department, King’s College, London.

Chris Inglis Chris Inglis is the former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). He has twice served away from NSA Headquarters, first as a visiting professor of computer science at the U.S. Military Academy (1991-1992) and later as the U.S. Special Liaison to the United Kingdom (2003-2006). Chris Inglis is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the USAF Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officers’ School. His military career included nine years active service with the US Air Force and twenty-one years with the Air National Guard from which he retired as a Brigadier General in 2006. He holds the rating of Command Pilot and has commanded units at the squadron, group, and joint force headquarters levels.

LCDR Victoria Moore Vicki Moore is an Africa-focused U.S. Navy Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and currently serves as the Security Force Assistance Lead at U.S. Naval Forces Africa located in Naples, Italy. She graduated first in her class from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 and attended graduate school as a George J. Mitchell scholar at Dublin City University in Ireland, studying international development and volunteering for the Irish non-governmental organization Suas in Kenya. After spending six years as a Surface Warfare Officer, she transferred to FAO and served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique for three years.

Sir Tony Brenton Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat and writer on international issues. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975 and, in the course of a 33 year career, served in the Arab world, the European Union, Russia and the USA, dealing with such issue as the Arab/Israel dispute, global climate change, international energy policy, and the Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He was a senior official at the British Embassy in Washington DC following 9/11 and at the time of the Iraq war and served as British Ambassador in Moscow 2004-2008 during one of the most difficult periods in modern British/Russian relations. He is Director of the Russia British Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Nigel Inkster CMG Nigel Inkster is the former director of operations and intelligence for the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI6), and is currently the Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He was educated at the University of Oxford and joined MI6 in 1975, serving in Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok, and rising to become deputy to SIS Chief Richard Dearlove.

Suzanne Raine Suzanne worked for 24 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and national security issues. This included postings in Poland, Iraq and Pakistan. She specialised in counter-terrorism, holding a number of senior domestic appointments. She was also a senior member of the government assessment community, and is now an affiliated lecturer at the Forum on Geopolitics at Cambridge University and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum.

Angus Knowles-Cutler Angus Knowles-Cutler is Vice Chairman of Deloitte, Chinese Services Group Leader and London Office managing partner. He leads the firm’s work on the impact of technology on the workplace and is an adviser to the UK government and major businesses on the subject. He has a particular interest in how national governments are reacting in a range of ways to the major opportunities and significant risks presented and how automation might be fuelling both nationalism and globalisation at the same time.

Professor Stefan Halper Due to ill health, Professor Halper is unable to participate in the conference.

Lord Wilson of Dinton, GCB During his early career in the Civil service Richard Wilson served in a number of departments including 12 years in the Department of Energy where his responsibilities included nuclear power policy and the privatisation of Britoil. He headed the Economic Secretariat in the Cabinet office under Mrs Thatcher from 1987-90 and after two years in the Treasury was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment in 1992. He became Permanent Under Secretary of the Home Office in 1994 and Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service from January 1998 until September 2002. He was Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 2002-12. He remains actively interested in the contribution of academic research to policymaking.

Di Cooke Di Cooke is a doctoral candidate at King’s College London in the Department of War Studies and an OSINT researcher at the Centre of Science and Security Studies. Di’s doctoral research focuses on the intersection between OSINT, the digital threat landscape, and emerging technologies such as AI. She acts in an advisory capacity to actors in the technology sector as well as in the security industry on their responses to these developing dynamics and is a listed AI & Security expert for the US Congress. Di’s work in OSINT investigations has led to collaborations and training with governmental, private, and academic organizations to further advance their OSINT-led approaches and address the overarching challenges or issues they may face.

Dr Renad Mansour Renad Mansour is Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House and visiting fellow at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. Prior to joining Chatham House, Dr Mansour was an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Centre, where he examined Iraq, Iran and Kurdish affairs, and has held positions as a lecturer of International Studies and supervisor at the faculty of politics at the University of Cambridge. He has been a senior research fellow at the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies in Beirut since 2011 and was adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government Civil Society Ministry between 2008 and 2010. His research at Chatham House explores the situation of Iraq in transition and the dilemmas posed by state-building.

Dr Thomas Maguire Dr Thomas Maguire is a Teaching Fellow in the King’s Intelligence and Security Group at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and a Research Fellow at Darwin College and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge. Tom also teaches on the Cambridge Security Initiative’s International Security and Intelligence (ISI) specialist short-course. Awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize for best PhD thesis in his year at POLIS in 2015, his research forms the basis for a forthcoming monograph with Oxford University Press, The intelligence-propaganda nexus: British and American covert action in Cold War Southeast Asia, 1948-1963. Tom’s ongoing research is examining British security assistance across the Global South since 1945 and the development of African states’ intelligence and security sectors. Tom was previously the John Garnett Visiting Fellow within the National Security & Resilience Studies programme at the Whitehall-based RUSI think tank, focusing on conflict, violent extremism and organised crime in East Africa.

LCDR Joseph M. Hatfield Ph.D. Joe Hatfield is an active-duty naval officer currently teaching Intelligence and National Security in the Political Science department at the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and holds a Master of Studies in International Relations (Hons.) from the University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the Ethics of War, International Relations, and Political Theory.

Professor Brendan Simms Simms is a Professor of the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Professor Simms lectures on the History of European Geopolitics and supervises MPhil and PhD theses for both POLIS and the Faculty of History, dealing primarily with German and British history in its international context and the history of humanitarian intervention.