Sir Richard Dearlove (Chair)
Richard Dearlove is the former Master of Pembroke College Cambridge. He served as Chief (known as ‘C’) of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from August 1999 until his retirement in July 2004. For the preceding five years he was Director of Operations and, from 1998, Assistant Chief. As Director of Finance, Administration and Personnel he also oversaw the move of SIS into its Headquarter Building at Vauxhall Cross in 1994. He is a career intelligence officer of thirty-eight years standing and has served in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva and Washington as well as in a number of key London-based posts.
Professor Stefan Halper
Stefan Halper holds doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge.
He has served four American presidents in the White House and Department of State and is an expert on US foreign policy, national security policy, China and Anglo-American relations. Halper was Executive Editor and host of “Worldwise”, a national televised program on foreign and national security affairs from 1996-2000 and “This Week from Washington”, a national radio program aired from 1985-2001. He is a Life Fellow of the Centre of International Studies and a Life Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Dr Peter Martland
From a background in business history, Dr Martland specialises in intelligence and security studies. He is the author of six books and has contributed to many more, latterly in the field of intelligence and security history. He was part of Professor Andrew’s research team which produced the authorised history of MI5 Defence of the Realm (2009). He edits the Boydell and Brewer intelligence and security series. He has supervised generations of Cambridge undergraduate and graduate students and taught history, intelligence and security related courses at Pembroke College, International Programmes Department. He is a co-sponsor of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar.
Dr Alan Dawson
Between 2004 and 2014 Alan Dawson was Director of International Programmes at Pembroke College Cambridge in which role he created many of the programmes which have secured for the College an international reputation for academic enterprise, innovation and quality.
Drawing students from leading universities world-wide, these programmes include the highly sought-after International Security and Intelligence programme which is taught and organised by many of those who are now associated with the CSi.
CSi Advisory Board
Professor Michael Goodman- King’s College, London
Professor Goodman is Head of War Studies, Dean of Research Impact and Professor of ‘Intelligence and International Affairs’ at King’s College, London.He has published widely in the field of intelligence history and scientific intelligence, including Spying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb (2008); Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence (2009); and Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History (2011); The Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies (2014) and Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee (2014).He has also contributed articles to many academic journals.
Professor Angus Knowles-Cutler
Angus is Vice Chairman of Deloitte and London office managing partner. He leads the firm’s work on the impact of technology in 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 to the major opportunities and significant risks presented and how automation might be fuelling both nationalism and globalisation at the same time. He is also chairman of Deloitte’s China Services Group, developing business and government links in China. Angus read history at Cambridge University where he specialised in secret intelligence.
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. Sir David was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and is currently Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department, King’s College, London.
Professor Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA
Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy. He spent his early career as political correspondent for the Times newspaper as a leader writer and Whitehall Correspondent, the Financial Times as its Westminster correspondent and the Economist. Lord Hennessy is the pre-eminent interpreter of the British constitution, cabinet government and intelligence communities. His many previous books include Cabinet (1986), Whitehall (1989), Never Again: Britain 1945-51 (1992), The Hidden Wiring: Unearthing the British Constitution (1995), The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders since 1945 (2000), The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War (2002), and Having it So Good: Britain In The Fifties (2006). His most recent book is Distilling The Frenzy: Writing The History Of One’s Own Times (2012).
Lord Wilson of Dinton, GCB
Richard Wilson entered the Civil Service as an assistant principal in the Board of Trade in 1966. He subsequently served in a number of departments including 12 years in the Department of Energy where his responsibilities included nuclear power policy, the privatisation of Britoil, personnel and finance. 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 policy making.
Sir Iain Lobban
Iain was the Director of the UK’s largest intelligence and security agency, GCHQ, from mid 2008 to late 2014, having previously served as its Director General for Operations from 2004. This represented a period of over ten years’ leadership of operational delivery in contexts as varied as counter terrorism; cyber defence; support to the military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya; the prevention and detection of serious crime; and the development of an integrated service of intelligence and security. Cyber Security, both nationally and internationally, has been at the heart of his role in recent years. As the GCHQ Director he attended the UK’s National Security Council on a weekly basis from its very first meeting in May 2010 and was a Principal member of the Joint Intelligence Committee for over 6 years.
Professor Michael Goodman
Professor Michael S. Goodman is Head of War Studies, Dean of Research Impact and Professor of ‘Intelligence and International Affairs’ at King’s College, London and Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School. He has published widely in the field of intelligence history and scientific intelligence, including Spying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb (2008); Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence (2009); and Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History (2011); The Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies (2014) and Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee (2014). He has also contributed articles to many academic journals.
Research interests/ expertise: Intelligence Studies, nuclear weapons history, and Cold War history.
Dr. Renad Mansour
Dr. Renad Mansour is a senior research fellow and project director of the Iraq initiative at Chatham House. His research explores the political economy of conflict, development, and state-building in Iraq and the Middle East. He is also a senior research fellow at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Mansour was previously a lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he taught the international relations of the Middle East. He has also worked at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies in Beirut, and the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 2015. He is a co-author of “Once Upon a Time in Iraq” published by BBC Books/Penguin.
Research interests/ expertise: Comparative politics and international relations in the Middle East, Iraq, international relations of the Middle East, the state and state-building in the Middle East, the politics of the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
Dr. Daniela Richterova
Dr Daniela Richterova is Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research and teaching focuses on Cold War intelligence history as well as contemporary issues related to intelligence liaison, counterterrorism intelligence, and intelligence analysis. Dr Richterova has published in International Affairs, The International History Reviewand in West European Politics. She is currently completing her monograph which explores communist Czechoslovakia’s relationship with violent Middle Eastern non-state actors – including the PLO and Carlos the Jackal (Georgetown University Press). She is series editor for ‘Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press.
Research interests/ expertise: Intelligence and Security Studies, Cold War, counterterrorism, intelligence liaison, Soviet Union/Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, intelligence analysis and policymaking.
Dr. David Gioe
Dr. David V. Gioe is a British Academy Global Professor and Visiting Professor of Intelligence and International Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is History Fellow for the Army Cyber Institute at the US Military Academy at West Point and Associate Professor of History. David is also Director of Studies for the Cambridge Security Initiative and is co-convener of its International Security and Intelligence program. David has been a national security practitioner for 20 years. He is a former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer and remains a senior officer in the US Navy Reserve
Research interests/ expertise: Digital information operations, intelligence and international security studies, history of Anglo-American intelligence and security services, and strategic studies.
Dr. Tom Maguire
Dr Thomas Maguire is an Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security in the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, and Visiting Fellow with the King’s Intelligence and Security Group in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London (KCL). Tom’s research streams are two-fold. Firstly, he is examining interactions between intelligence and propaganda in international politics, especially through covert action as a foreign policy tool. This forms the basis for a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, The intelligence-propaganda nexus: British and American covert action in Cold War Southeast Asia (2022). Secondly, he is exploring the politics and impacts of international security cooperation, in particular security assistance relationships between states in Africa and Asia and the United Kingdom and their post-colonial legacies during the Cold War and so-called Global War on Terror.
Research interests/ expertise: Intelligence, propaganda and covert action in foreign policy and domestic security, security sector reform and assistance, international security cooperation, the Cold War and decolonisation, Counter-insurgency and violent extremism.
ISI Operations Team
Annie is currently pursuing a PhD in Education and Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She has previously completed a MSc in Education and Social Change at the University of Miami and an MPhil in Education and Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Annie taught secondary school for four years in low-income, urban schools in the United States and two years in primary and secondary schools in South Korea, before once again becoming a full-time student at Cambridge. Annie joined the ISI team as the Operations Manager in 2018.
Kate participated as a student of ISI in 2017 after completing her Undergraduate Degree in History at Durham University. While completing her Masters in International Relations at King’s College, London (KCL) she became a Programme Assistant and has helped to coordinate the ISI Alumni Network. In 2021 Kate became the acting Operations Manager.
CSi Contributing Authors
Dr Dina Rezk
Dr Dina Rezk is an Associate Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History and Politics at the University of Reading, UK. Her research lies at the intersection of security, authority, and popular culture in Middle East studies.
She has been funded as a ‘Rising Star’ by the British Academy (2017-2019) and was selected by the AHRC/BBC to be a ‘New Generation Thinker’ in 2019.
She has published in Security Dialogue, International History Review and Intelligence and National Security. Her most recent book is The Arab World and Western Intelligence: Analysing the Middle East 1958-1981 (2017).
She was a Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded project, ‘Politics and Popular Culture: Contested Narratives of the 25 January 2011 Revolution and its Aftermath’ from 2016-2019 and is currently completing a Leverhulme funded project on presidential masculinity titled: ‘Virtue, Violence and Virility: Making Egypt’s Presidents’.
Dr Victor Madeira
Victor is an intelligence and national security specialist with a career spent making academia relevant to policy and practitioners. This includes the corporate sector, where he has advised clients worldwide on security, political and business development risk.
A former national security columnist for a British monthly, Victor frequently briefs decision-makers on hostile state activity and national security transformation. Previous audiences include the Defence Select Committee, NATO–Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare, government departments and agencies, Royal United Services Institute, Security Forward, and Cambridge, New York and Oxford Universities. He comments on national security affairs for the media, quoted by BBC, Insider, Kyiv Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweekand The Times, among others. Victor has a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge, where he has also taught. He is the author of Britannia and the Bear: the Anglo–Russian Intelligence Wars, and his next book assesses how democracies can develop “strategic immunity” against 21st-century hostile state activity.
Richard Baffa is the Deputy Director/Director of Analysis at Circinus-UAE, a defense company providing open source analysis in the UAE to multiple organizations. Prior to this, Mr. Baffa was a Senior International/Defense Policy Researcher at RAND focusing on national security, intelligence, military issues, the Middle East, Russia/Eurasia, and Europe/NATO. He came to RAND from the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served in a number of senior analytic and management positions over a 34-year career. His most recent position was as the Chief Analyst at the Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center. Previously, he served as the Senior Analyst at the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and as DIA’s senior Iran expert. He also served as the Senior Intelligence Officer for DIA’s Middle East/North Africa Office and Director of the Iraq Office. Following seven years active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer, Mr. Baffa joined the Navy Reserves and retired at the rank of CAPTAIN in December 2009 with more than 26 years of service. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and a Master of International Public Policy degree from Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College where he received an M.S. in National Security Strategy. In May 2015, he completed a seven-month Fellowship at Cambridge University where he authored two papers examining developments in Iran during the World War I time frame.Mr. Baffa was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level Executive in 2008 and received the Presidential Award for his service at EUCOM in 2015.
Dr Tracey German
Dr Tracey German is a Reader in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focuses on Russian foreign and security policies, particularly Russia’s use of force in the post-Soviet space, conflict and security in the Caucasus and Caspian regions, and the impact of NATO/EU enlargement on Russia’s relations with its neighbours. She speaks Russian and has travelled extensively across the post-Soviet area. She is currently writing a book that explores Russian views of the changing character of conflict and what lessons Russia has drawn from Western military activity over the past two decades.