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.
Call for Manuscripts: Global Security and Intelligence Studies
13th Annual International Association for Intelligence Education Conference:
New Challenges and Opportunities for Enhancing Intelligence Education
Call for Proposals:
1st ACIPSS Student Conference: Intelligence, Propaganda, and Security: Approaching (Dis)information From Pre-Modern Times to a Post-Truth Era
Location: Graz, Austria
Venue: University of Graz
Organizer: Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (ACIPSS)
Dates: May 19 to May 20, 2017
Submission Deadline: February 20, 2017
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?