October 2019 Updates

Sir Richard Dearlove: ‘Five Eyes, the Anglosphere, and Europe; Intelligence and Security in a Changing World.’ 

Kennedy School Harvard

‘I will examine the durability of both ‘Five Eyes’ and ‘The Special Relationship’ and how the UK has managed these alliances whilst it was an EU member state. I will go on to discuss the EU’s attitude towards intelligence and security issues and how the UK positioned itself in relation to Brussels based initiatives in areas touching on national security, and how Brexit may influence future arrangements. Meeting complex globalised threats in today’s world requires a cooperative international approach. How is intelligence and security cooperation evolving in the face of a weakening international liberal order? How should we strike the balance between reassertion of the sovereign interests of the nation state and the need on certain issues for extensive and deep levels of cooperation between intelligence and security services of nations with shared values and objectives?  I will try to offer a practical answer to these questions to meet the security needs of a world in political and strategic mutation.’


The following information has been supplied by the KCL Intelligence and Security Research Group- a CSi Partner  

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‘Virginia Hall: A Woman of No Importance’ with Sonia Purnell

Hosted by the International Spy Museum
Friday 25th October 2019
700 L’Enfant Plaza, Washington DC, USA

Virginia Hall was a trailblazing spy. She didn’t let a hunting accident which robbed her of a leg slow her down. A Baltimorean with an interest in foreign languages and the gumption to overcome obstacles both physical and cultural, Hall operated courageously behind enemy lines in occupied France during World War II. She coordinated French Resistance efforts and put her life on the line first as an agent for the English Special Operations Executive and then with the US Office of Strategic Services.

Award-winning author Sonia Purnell’s new book A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II takes a fresh look at Hall’s espionage activities and how they changed the course of the conflict. And who better to interview Purnell about Virginia Hall than another trailblazing spy: Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise and co-author of Moscow Rules.

More details here

‘Russian Espionage around the World’ with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

Hosted by the World Affairs Council
Tuesday 29th October 2019
312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, USA

The Russian diaspora, numbering 30 million, is the third largest in the world after India’s and Mexico’s. Russians began leaving the country in big numbers in the late nineteenth century, fleeing pogroms, Tsarist secret police persecution, the Revolution, then Stalin and the KGB. Throughout, Russian emigres abroad have been variously dissidents or quiet proponents of the regime they left behind. While today there continue to be many political dissidents, there is also believed to be a network of spies and agents that have now become assets of a resurgent Russian Nationalist state.

Moscow-based investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan explore the colourful and sometimes sinister history of Russian espionage, from the mysterious death of defector Alexandre Litvinenko in 2006 from radioactive Polonium-210, to the more recent attempt to poison an exiled KGB colonel in Salisbury, England, to Maria Butina, a Russian woman who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to act as a foreign agent, in connection with unregistered political lobbying in the United States.

More details here



‘Cyber Warfare & the State in the Information Age’ with David Fahrenkrug

Hosted by the University of New Brunswick
Tuesday 5th November 2019
Philip Oland Hall, UNB Saint John Campus, Canada

This presentation will address the changes in conflict brought about by the growing use of computers, networks and communication technologies. Dr. Fahrenkrug will offer a framework for understanding cyber power to explain how the information age is changing the way we will secure the state and protect individuals.

David Fahrenkrug is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University teaching graduate courses on strategy, net assessment and cyber warfare. He is also a Director of Strategic Planning in Northrop Grumman’s Analysis Centre.

More details here



Cambridge Intelligence Seminar

Friday 18th October2019
KGB ‘Illegal Operations’ in England: New Evidence
Trevor Barnes and Christopher Andrew

Friday 25th October2019
Bletchley Park Codebreakers
Sir Dermot Turing

Friday 1st November2019
Intelligence Alliances Anglophone and European
Sir Richard Dearlove

All Cambridge meetings take place in Corpus Christi College McCrum Lecture Theatre (entry through ‘The Eagle’ archway, Benet Street) and commence promptly at 5.30 pm.



Oxford Intelligence Group

Monday 21st October 2019
The Events Leading to the Attack on Sergei Skrypal
Nigel West

Seminars begin at 5.30pm in the Large Lecture Room at Nuffield College, Oxford


Oxford Changing Character of War Centre

Tuesday 15th October2019
The changing grammar of war: countering hybrid and grey zone coercion
Rob Johnson, Oxford University

Tuesday 22nd October2019
Why the West Isn’t winning, and what we must do about it.
Sean McFate, Atlantic Council and Georgetown University

Tuesday 29th October2019
How AI could change the foundational assumptions of International Relations
Stuart Armstrong, Future of Humanity Institute

Tuesday 5th November2019
Coercion without War? Chinese maritime paramilitary activities
Alessio Patalano, King’s College London



Symposium on Cryptologic History

17-18th October 2019
JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center, Maryland, USA

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) and the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) invite you to attend the 17th biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History. Following the Symposium on Saturday October 19th, attendees will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on researching cryptologic history sources.

The theme for the Symposium is From Discovery to Discourse. Since 1990, the Symposium on Cryptologic History has served as an opportunity to present historical discoveries found in unclassified and declassified Intelligence Community records and engage in scholarly discussion about their significance to cryptologic history. The 2019 program offers over 20 educational sessions led by over 65 speakers. Topics include cryptologic history related to World War I and II, the Cold War, communications security, cyberspace and technology, international and diplomatic relations, counterintelligence and espionage, declassification and public engagement, and more.

More details here

North American Society for Intelligence History (NASIH) Conference

20th-21st October 2019
International Spy Museum, Washington DC, USA

NASIH is hosting its inaugural conference at the new International Spy Museum building in Washington, D.C, and conference attendees will have free access to the Museum during the conference. Conference panels will be discussing Spies and Espionage, Disinformation and Psychological Warfare, Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence and Popular Culture, Soviet and Russian Intelligence, Signals and Cyber Intelligence, Cultural Approaches to Intelligence History, Imagery and Aerial Reconnaissance, Counterintelligence and Terrorism, Covert Operations and Clandestine Diplomacy, and Intelligence in Wartime.

More details here


Symposium on Women in Intelligence

6th November 2019
Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

ECU’s School of Science will hold its second symposium for students and professionals interested in the world of intelligence. This symposium provides a unique opportunity to hear from a wide range of women who are either current or former intelligence professionals.

Our speakers come from the National Intelligence, Law Enforcement and academic communities and all will provide unique insights into the industry and their careers. This includes issues ranging from unique characteristics that women bring to the intelligence profession to difficulties women face in the intelligence profession. The symposium will have three distinct sessions: a mix of individual presentations from across the sectors, group Q&A sessions and time for networking.

More details here

Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) Conference

21st November 2019
The Hague Security Delta Campus, The Hague, the Netherlands

For the past few years, the world has been receiving mixed messages about the world of intelligence. On the one hand, we are told that ‘the trade’- the techniques used to gather intelligence – has changed markedly: we now live in an information age, in which big data and social media intelligence transform signals intelligence at its core. On the other hand, despite the changing face of it, at heart intelligence collection seems to revolve around the same principles. Disinformation might now be spread through Facebook and Twitter trolls, but it is still disinformation, a phenomenon that has been around forever. This raises the question whether the intelligence collection disciplines have truly adapted to an environment that has fundamentally changed – or should do so – or whether this is old wine in new bottles.

The Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) is organising a conference on the transforming discipline of intelligence collection, and expects to explore the geopolitical, societal, and technological factors that influence the trade. NISA is delighted to announce its keynote speakers:

James Risen, Pulitzer-prize winner & national security correspondent for The Intercept
Paul Killworth, deputy director of strategic policy at GCHQ
Ron Diebert, director of Citizen Lab & professor at the University of Toronto

More details, including the draft programme, here




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