“Preparing for Unwanted Wars: Engaging the Conventional in the Era of Unconventional”
H-Intel provides a venue for scholarly discussion and collaboration on intelligence. It seeks to unite scholars, practitioners and researchers working in the fields of intelligence history and intelligence studies, covering any area and period from the classical era to today. H-Intel's partner organization is The Intelligence Studies Section (Section Chair, Stephen Marrin) at The International Studies Association. If you're interesting in editing, blogging, or contributing to H-Intel, please contact Stephen.
Below you will find the latest CFP's and Discussions on H-Intel, and the latest announcements for Intelligencne Studies at the bottom of the page.
The XVIII Nordic Political Science Congress will be held in Odense, Denmark, August 8-11, 2017
The 2017 APSA conference will be held 31 August to 3 September in San Francisco. This year's APSA conference panel theme is “The Quest for Legitimacy: Actors, Audiences, and Aspirations.” A profound question of legitimacy exists in America’s attempt to balance questions of security and order, on the one hand, and liberty and privacy, on the other hand. Papers for the Intelligence Studies Group will look at the future of intelligence legitimacy across all three branches of government and in all areas of intelligence activity.
2017 Symposium on Cryptologic History:
The Center for Cryptologic History invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the biennial Symposium on Cryptologic History which will take place October 19 – 20, 2017. The Symposium will be held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. Following the Symposium, on Saturday, October 21, participants will be given an opportunity to tour the National Cryptologic Museum and participate in a workshop on sources for research in cryptologic history.
Call for Papers – GEOINT Conference at JMU August 2017
James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will host a “Symposium on the Future of Using Geospatial Intelligence to Anticipate Conflict,” August 3-4, 2017 for an audience from academia, business, and government.
There are theoretical foundations and models to understand the functioning and effects of intelligence (broadly defined). To argue that there is nothing in this regard shows a lack of creativity. It is more a case that the IR community does not engage with or expand upon those existing ideas while the practitioner and historical communities see no need to dwell upon creating theory for an intrinsically practical activity.
I do not expect to have a strong theoretical foundation for the study either of intelligence or of major war any time soon. This may disturb political scientists, but I am a historian.
I am happy to use a strong theoretical foundation if one is available for something I am studying, but I regard this as a rare luxury. It is not something I can expect.
From the latest H-Diplo/ISSF Forum at the link below, Jon Lindsay says the following:
"Unfortunately, the field of international relations lacks good theory about intelligence effectiveness or the interaction between war and policing comparable to the theoretical foundations of major war and high-end deterrence. How are we to think about, much less evaluate, the intelligence and counterintelligence activity that is occurring today on an unprecedented scale without a sound theoretical foundation?"
Is this accurate?