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Lent 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 19 January

Sir Richard Dearlove and Professor Peter Godman: ‘Secrecy and Intelligence Operations’


Friday 26 January

Professor Christopher Andrew (Corpus Christi, Cambridge): ‘The most important turning point in Intelligence History? When and Why the West took a world lead’


Friday 2 February

Professor David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye (Brock University, Canada, and Clare Hall, Cambridge): ‘Tsarist Intelligence and the Great Game’


Friday 9 February
in Harley-Mason Room, New Court, Corpus (turn right at Porters Lodge). [Please note change of location]

Dr Christopher Moran (University of Warwick): ‘President Trump and the CIA: contrasts and comparisons with the Nixon era’


Friday 16 February

Dr Nicholas Reynolds (former CIA officer & Official Historian of CIA Museum): ‘Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures 1935-1961’


Friday 23 February: Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall (not far from the MOD) [Please note change of time & location]

Joint meeting with British Study Group on Intelligence (SGI)

11 am: coffee

11-30 am: Panel on ‘Intelligence in the John Major Era’, chaired by Baron Butler of Brockwell (former Cabinet Secretary and Head of Home Civil Service)

1 pm: Sandwich lunch

2 pm: Baron Evans of Weardale (former DG MI5): ‘Intelligence in the UK Domestic Fight Against Al Qaida’

3-30 pm: end of meeting

If you wish to attend, please email the SGI Secretary, Professor Mike Goodman ( We will ask you to pay £5 on the day for lunch. If you are not a member of the SGI, please inform Professor Goodman that you are coming as the guest of Professor Andrew



Friday 2 March

Dr Elizabeth Kendall (Pembroke College, Oxford): ‘Poetry as a weapon of Militant Jihadists’


5 pm WEDNESDAY 7 March
in Seminar Room 2, Chapel Court, Sidney Sussex College [Please note change of time & location]

Joint Meeting with Irish Studies Seminar

Dr Dan Larsen (Trinity College, Cambridge): ‘British Codebreakers and the 1916 Easter Rising’



Lent Term 2018 Programme - print version



Archived Seminar programmes

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