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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


Friday 9 June: 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 a few weeks beforehand




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