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Michaelmas Term 2018


Welcome, or welcome back, to the Intelligence Seminar!

This year’s seminars mark the start of an ambitious international research programme leading to the publication in a few years’ time by CUP of a 3-volume Cambridge History of Espionage and Intelligence (CHEI), whose general editors are Professor Christopher Andrew (Corpus Christi College) and Dr Calder Walton (alumnus of the Seminar, now at Harvard Kennedy School of Government). The Seminar gratefully acknowledges financial support from Professor J D Work and the Trevelyan Fund.


The convenors of the Intelligence Seminar are:

Professor Christopher Andrew (, Dr Dan Larsen (, Dr Thomas Maguire (, Professor Peter Godman (, Dr John Ranelagh (, Simon Brocklebank-Fowler and Sir Richard Dearlove.


All Cambridge meetings 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.


5 October 2018:

Professor Peter Godman (co-editor, CHEI, vol.1) and Sir Richard Dearlove (former Chief of MI6 and ex-Master of Pembroke College):
‘The Inquisition and British Intelligence: A Culture of Experts?’ 

The speakers are colloborating in a study for CHEI on the long-term role of secrecy in intelligence operations.


12 October:

Professor Christopher Andrew:
‘The Lost History of Global Intelligence and Why It Matters’

This illustrated presentation develops themes in Christopher Andrew’s new book The Secret World: A History of Intelligence (Allen Lane; US: Yale) and the forthcoming CHEI.


19 October (joint meeting with Irish Studies Seminar)

Dr John Ranelagh:
Bloody Sunday: New Evidence (including filmed interviews) on Michael Collins’ Intelligence Operations’


26 October

Dr Alfred Rolington (former CEO Oxford Analytica and Jane’s Information Group):
‘The Dark Web and Cyber-Crime’


2 November:

Gill Bennett (former Chief Historian, FCO):
‘Disinformation and Intelligence: Tools in the Strategic Tool-Box’


9 November

Dr Partha Pratim Shil (Trinity):
‘Fear of Subversion and an Indian Intelligence Archive: Constabulary Strike Threats in Colonial Bengal


23 November:

Frederick Forsyth and Daniela Richterova (Brunel):
‘Cold War Revelations from the Prague intelligence archives’.

Frederick Forsyth will comment on the file on StB surveillance of him and other intelligence records recently discovered in Prague by Daniela Richterova



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Michaelmas Term 2012 Programme

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Michaelmas Term 2011 Programme