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Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation
Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain

ISBN 9780367173654
Published September 30, 2019 by Routledge
244 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates everyday practices of intelligence cooperation in anti-terrorism matters, with a specific focus on the relationship between Europe and Britain.

The volume examines the effective involvement of British anti-terrorism efforts in European cooperation arrangements, which until now have been overshadowed by the UK-US ‘special relationship’ and by political debates that overstate the divide between Britain and continental Europe. In arguing that British intelligence has always had a European dimension, it provides a distinct perspective to the study of intelligence cooperation and the role of British intelligence therein. Mobilizing a ‘field theory’ approach, the book provides an original contribution to the understanding of intelligence cooperation by investigating everyday bureaucratic practices of ‘ground-level’ security professionals and police forces, embedded in a European ‘field’ structured around the exchange of anti-terror intelligence. It also accounts for the drivers behind cooperation by using ‘field analysis,’ which explains the trajectory and positioning of actors according to their ‘capitals’ rather than necessities dictated by threats or state decisions.

This book will be of much interest to students of Security Studies, International Political Sociology, Intelligence Studies, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. The Contribution of Pierre Bourdieu to Anti-Terror Intelligence Cooperation: Field, Habitus and Practices  3. Going Out to Go Back: Britain’s Opt-Out From The European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs  4. The European Space of Anti-Terror Intelligence Cooperation: EU-led Cooperation, Europol and The Fight Against Terrorism  5. The European Space of Anti-Terror Intelligence Cooperation: The Experiences of British Security Services in Europe  6. Conclusion

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Hager Ben Jaffel is a research associate at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS-Cresppa/Labtop).


'Hager Ben Jaffel offers an important and original analysis of the interface between the fields of security expertise and politics. At the same time as providing an excellent historical examination of the extensive, changing but often-overlooked relationships between British intelligence and policing agencies and their European partners, she also offers a unique insight into how ministers and parliamentarians receive and negotiate the expertise of security professionals, how they reconcile this with political imperatives, and what the effects are on policy outcomes.'--Andrew Neal, University of Edinburgh, UK

‘The book provides a timely and original analysis of the development of anti-terrorism intelligence co-operation. It is essential reading for academics, students, practitioners and policy makers interested in counter-terrorism, security and intelligence and provides important insights for the future of UK-EU relations in these fields.’--Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University of London, UK

‘Hager Ben Jaffel has done Intelligence Studies a service by upending the usual political analysis of UK/European intelligence cooperation in an age of Brexit. By focussing through a sociological lens on the often underestimated anti-terror law enforcement liaison that happens in Europe on a daily basis the book illuminates the patterns of cooperation that have developed between police services. The underlying message is that there is no necessary conflict between the fundamental UK/US intelligence partnership and the practical exercise of effective counter-terrorism with our European partners.Sir David Omand, King's College London, UK