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Cambridge-KCL Intelligence & Peace Symposium

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We are very pleased to announce that, a century on from the peace that concluded the First World War, the Intelligence Seminar will be holding a day-long symposium on Friday, 3 May, at Trinity College’s Winstanley Lecture Theatre, exploring the problems of intelligence and peace.

Co-organized with the King’s Intelligence and Security Group at KCL and with an exciting range of speakers covering intelligence topics across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, the full details for this event are attached and below. We hope you can make it!

Registration costs £10 and includes lunch, and is at the following link: Registration closes on Tuesday, 23 April

Cambridge-KCL Intelligence and Peace Symposium Friday, 3 May 2019

A century on from one of the most important peace treaties in modern times, The Treaty of Versailles, this symposium will explore the complex relationship between intelligence agencies, peace-making and conflict resolution. With a range of papers from the First World War to the present, this one-day event promises to be an exciting investigation of the various ways in which intelligence can help facilitate or frustrate peace and negotiations, as well the impact of conflict resolution on intelligence agencies.

Location: Trinity College, Cambridge, Winstanley Lecture Theatre (Please use the college entrance just opposite from the Great Gate; signs will point to the lecture theatre.)

For queries, contact Dr Dan Larsen (


Coffee 10:45-11:15

Welcome 11:15-11:30 Prof. Christopher Andrew and Prof. Michael Goodman

Panel 1: 11:30-13:00 Intelligence Towards and After Peace: the First World War

Chair: Polly Corrigan (King’s College London)

Dr Dan Larsen (Trinity College, Cambridge): Plotting Against Peace: British Intelligence and American Peace During the First World War

Dr Jules Gaspard (King’s College London): The Perfidious Albion: The British Propaganda Campaign Against American Neutrality in the First World War

Julius Green (Birkbeck, University of London): From Mata Hari to Widow Twankey: Entertainers and Espionage during and after the First World War

Lunch 13:00-14:00

Panel 2: 14:00-15:30 Intelligence, Conflict & Conflict Resolution

Chair: Dr Daniela Richterova (Brunel University)

Keith Beavan (Former Director Counter-Terrorism, Foreign & Commonwealth Office): The Role of Intelligence in Conflict Resolution: A Three-Dimensional Analysis

Prof Benny Morris and Dr Dror Ze’evi (Ben Gurion University): Sir Mark Sykes and the Armenians during and after the First World War

Dr Tony Craig (University of Staffordshire): ‘Defeating Terrorism’? Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and Northern Ireland Office’s Multi Agency Strategy in the 1990s

Coffee 15:30-16:00

Panel 3: 16:00-17:30 Intelligence, Peace & Diplomacy

Chair: Dr Thomas Maguire (King’s College London and Darwin College, Cambridge)

Prof Michael Goodman (King’s College London): Ending the Cold War: The CIA and the Art of Kremlinology in the 1980s

Gill Bennett (Former FCO Historian): Winning the War but Losing the Peace: Intelligence Agencies and the ‘Peace Dividend’

JD Work (Marine Corps University): Implanted Leverage: Towards a Preliminary Understanding of Cyber Espionage against Diplomatic Negotiations

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