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Easter Term 2018


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 participants, if they wish, to mention newly-declassified documents in the archives and other recent discoveries.


The convenors of the Intelligence Seminar are:

Professor Chris Andrew (, Dr Dan Larsen (, Dr Tom Maguire (, Professor Peter Godman (, Simon Brocklebank-Fowler and Sir Richard Dearlove.



Unless otherwise indicated below, Cambridge meetings this term take place in Corpus Christi College McCrum Lecture Theatre (entry through ‘The Eagle’ archway, Benet Street ) and commence promptly at 5.30 pm.

The Porters' Lodge at Corpus will provide further directions in case of need. Please note that Corpus NCR, where the Seminar has frequently met in the past, is not available this term because of building work


Friday 27 April:

Dr Kristian Gustafson (Brunel)
‘KGB and Cuban DGI operations in Allende’s Chile’


Friday 4 May:

Professor Peter Godman
‘The Roman Inquisition and Intelligence History’

(Peter Godman was the first scholar to be given access to the archives of the Roman Inquisition)


Friday 11 May:

JD Work (Research Director, Cyber Conflict Documentation Project, Washington DC)
‘Escalating consequences: Offensive cyber operations and intelligence failures in the Putin era’


Friday 18 May:

Svetlana Lokhova (By-Fellow, Churchill College, during Easter Term)
‘The Soviets and the US Atomic Bomb: BLERIOT, the Scientist Spy’

The FBI historian, John Fox, will also comment on Soviet penetration of the United States in the 1930s.


Friday 15 June


The next meeting will be on Friday 15 June 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. We are sorry to report that after many years this price will rise to £10 in the autumn. Guests are permitted, but please clear any guests with our Secretary, Professor Michael Goodman.

 If you wish to attend please email to confirm your attendance as soon as possible (by Monday 11 June at the latest) and we will ask you to pay £5 for lunch on the day. If you are not an SGI member, please inform Professor Goodman that you are  coming as the guest of Professor Andrew.

11.00        Gather at RUSI for coffee

11.30        Professor Christopher Andrew, Corpus Christi College Cambridge
'What Bletchley Never Knew: SIGINT from al-Kindi to Stalin'
His new book The Secret World: A History of Intelligence is published by Allen Lane/Penguin on 28 June

1.00           Sandwich Lunch

2.00          Dr Kristian Gustafson, Brunel University
                'UK National & Defence Horizon Scanning'

3.30          Meeting of the SGI Steering Committee


Easter Term 2018 Programme - print version



Archived Seminar programmes

Lent Term 2018

Michaelmas Term 2017 Programme

Easter Term 2017 Programme

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