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Intelligence, Crises and Security

Prospects and Retrospects, 1st Edition

Edited by Len Scott, R. Gerald Hughes


288 pages

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This collection of essays by leading experts seeks to explore what lessons for the exploitation and management of secret intelligence might be drawn from a variety of case studies ranging from the 1920s to the ‘War on Terror’.

Long regarded as the ‘missing dimension’ of international history and politics, public and academic interest in the role of secret intelligence has continued to grow in recent years, not least as a result of controversy surrounding the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11 2001.

Intelligence, Crises and Security addresses a range of themes including: crisis management, covert diplomacy, intelligence tradecraft, counterterrorism, intelligence ‘overload’, intelligence in relation to neutral states, deception, and signals intelligence. The work breaks new ground in relation to numerous key international episodes and events, not least as a result of fresh disclosures from government archives across the world.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Intelligence and National Security.

Table of Contents

Learning from Intelligence History: Lessons for the 21st Century. Diplomatic Signalling and Intelligence during Crises: The Russo-Turkish War (1877-78), the Chanak Crisis (1922) and the Munich Crisis (1938). A Major Operation: The Clandestine Networks of the CIA in Western Europe. Britain and the Iraqi WMD Intelligence Failure. From Covert Diplomacy to Covert Action: Britain and the Yemen Civil War,1962-65. The Bush Administration and Iraq: The Mother of Intelligence Failures. The Western Secret Services, the East German Ministry of State Security and the Building of the Berlin Wall. Intelligence since Iraq: Overload in an Open-Source World. Lessons from the Shadows: The Once and Future History of Secret Intelligence? Response to Strategic Weakness: Egyptian Deception in the Yom Kippur War. Crisis Management in Colonial States: Intelligence and Counter-Insurgency in Morocco and Syria after the First World War. Counter-Terrorism in Holland: Radical Fundamentalists and the Present Threat. Intelligence and Neutrality: The Case of Switzerland. Conclusion

About the Series

Studies in Intelligence

The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence