In preparation for an online update of the Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence (Taylor and Francis, 2014), a call for papers is being issued. A comprehensive reference work that examines U.S. intelligence practices, history and education, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence has been designed to be holistic in nature and examines intelligence issues, practices and history from both academic and practitioner perspectives.
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.
A colleague and I are putting together a panel on intelligence culture for the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco next spring and are looking for further contributors.
The two papers we have at the moment deal with American intelligence culture. The first, by Dr. Lesley Copeland, questions the role of Pearl Harbor in the American intelligence culture. The second, mine, discusses American intelligence cultures before the CIA.
This is a call for papers/panels for the Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) at the 59th annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention to be held in San Francisco, CA (USA) on 4-7 April 2018. The overall theme for the 2018 ISA Convention is “Power of Rules and Rule of Power.” Please note that the deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals is 1 June 2017. Details on the conference can be found here: http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/San-Francisco-2018/Call.
Call for Papers for Junior Scholars
International Conference - Intelligence in the Knowledge Society (IKS), 23rd edition
26-27 October 2017, Bucharest, Romania
Advantages for junior scholars attending the IKS 2017:
• No registration fee
• Free accommodation in Bucharest for the best contributions
• High quality papers to be selected for publication in the Romanian Intelligence Studies Review (RISR)
The chapters in question have been filled. Thank you very much everyone for your interest!
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?