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Intelligence Seminar



Welcome or welcome back to the Intelligence Seminar! As in previous years, the Seminar will provide a forum for distinguished visiting speakers, innovative intelligence research in progress in Cambridge, and discussion. There is usually time in the latter part of each Seminar for members, if they wish, to mention newly-declassified documents in the archives and other recent discoveries.


The convenors of the Intelligence Seminar are:

Chris Andrew (, Dan Larsen (, Tom Maguire ( Frederic Ischebeck-Baum (, Simon Brocklebank-Fowler and Sir Richard Dearlove.


Unless otherwise indicated below, the Seminar venue remains the New Combination Room (NCR) at Corpus Christi College (entry via C staircase, New Court). The Seminar commences promptly at 5.30 pm.

The porters' lodge at Corpus will provide further directions in case of need.


Friday 20 January
Seminar to mark the Inauguration in Washington of President Donald J Trump

Less than half an hour before the Seminar begins, control of the nuclear codes will pass to President Trump

Professor Chris Andrew: ‘The Transfer of the Nuclear Codes’

Sir Richard Dearlove: ‘Reflections on the Intelligence Transition’

Dr Dina Rezk (Reading University): ‘Presidents Trump and Sisi’

Three years ago General Michael Flynn, the new President’s National Security Adviser, gave a presentation to the Seminar.


Friday 27 January

Dr Aaron Rapport (POLIS),
‘Nuclear Surprise and the “Silly Certainty of Hindsight”’


Friday 3 February
in Harley-Mason Room, New Court, Corpus (turn right at Porters
Please note change in usual time and location due to evening event in Corpus

Dr Tom Maguire (Darwin College and KCL), ‘British internal security assistance: 'Counter-subversion' and post-imperial influence in the global Cold War’


Friday 10 February
Harley-Mason Room, New Court, Corpus (turn right at Porters Lodge). Please note change in usual location due to event in Corpus

Sir David Omand (formerly first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, and Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office) and Professor Mark Phythian (Leicester University):
‘Safe and Sound: Ethics, Surveillance, and Secret Intelligence’


 Friday 17 February:

Frederic Ischebeck-Baum (KCL):
‘Hawks, Doves and Bears - Ukraine 2017’


Friday 24 February:
Professor Tony Craig
(University of Staffordshire):
‘Intelligence Management and the  security stovepipe in  Northern Ireland, 1968-1974’


Friday 3 March: 11 am (coffee) for 11-30 am at the Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall (not far from the MOD)
[Please note change of time & Whitehall location]

Joint meeting (including lunch) with British Study Group on Intelligence

The meeting is expected to end at 3-30 pm

Further details will be circulated


Friday 10 March
JD Work
(Research Director, Cyber Conflict Documentation Project, Washington DC:
‘Russian cyber operations and their intrusion on the current strategic landscape’



Lent Term 2017 Programme - print version



Archived Seminar programmes

Michaelmas Term 2016 Programme

Easter Term 2016 Programme

Lent Term 2016 Programme

Michaelmas Term 2015 Programme

Easter Term 2015 Programme

Lent Term 2015 Programme

Michaelmas Term 2014 Programme

Easter Term 2014 Programme

Lent Term 2014 Programme

Michaelmas Term 2013 Programme

Easter Term 2013 Programme

Lent Term 2013 Programme

Michaelmas Term 2012 Programme

Easter Term 2012 Programme

Lent Term 2012 Programme

Michaelmas Term 2011 Programme

New joint degrees start October 2017