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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.


All Cambridge meetings this term take place in Corpus Christi College NCR (entry via C staircase, New Court) and commence promptly at 5.30 pm. The Porters' Lodge at Corpus will provide further directions in case of need.




5-30 pm Friday 28 April:

Luke Harding (former Guardian correspondent in Moscow): “A Very Expensive Poison”: The Murder of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin’s War with the West’

Before his assassination, Alexander Litvinenko visited the Seminar. There were subsequent attempts to poison the individual who arranged his visit.


5-30 pm Friday 5 May:

Sir Richard Dearlove: ‘BREXIT and European Security’


5-30 pm Friday 12 May:

David Fowler (Intelligence Studies, Cardiff University and Clare Hall): 'The Intelligence Services and Student Radicalisation during Britain’s 1968'


5-30 pm Friday 19 May:

David Burke: ‘Russia and the British Left before and after the Bolshevik Revolution: the Rothstein Saga’

David Burke is well known for his books The Spy Who Came in from the Coop and Lawn Road Flats: Spies, Writers and Artists


11 am Friday 9 June:  

Joint meeting with Study Group on Intelligence

at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall, London. RUSI have kindly offered us a room for our meeting.  RUSI is on the east side of Whitehall, close to the MoD. The nearest tubes are Westminster and Charing Cross.

 The charge for the session is £5 reflecting the cost of a sandwich lunch at this venue. Guests are permitted, but please clear any guests with RUSI secretary, Professor Michael Goodman.

 If you wish to attend please email to confirm your attendance as soon as possible (by 5 June at the latest) and we will ask you to pay £5 on the day.

If you take part in the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar but are not a member of the Study Group, please inform Professor Goodman that you are coming to the meeting at RUSI as a guest of Professor Andrew

11.00        Gather at RUSI for coffee

11.30        “British Intelligence and Journalists”
                Dr Paul Lashmar, University of Sussex

1.00           Sandwich Lunch

2.00          “’Stars and Spies: From Shakespeare to Hollywood”
                 Professor Christopher Andrew and Julius Green, University of Cambridge

 3.30          Meeting of the SGI Steering Committee




Easter Term 2017 Programme - print version



Archived Seminar programmes

Lent Term 2017 Programme

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

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