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Lent Term 2019


Welcome, or welcome back, to the Intelligence Seminar!



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


Except where otherwise indicated, 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 if required.


5-30 pm Friday 18 January 2019:

Peter Debbins (EUCOM Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility): ‘Putin’s Russia: Worldview, Grand Strategy and Cyberspace’


5-30 pm Friday 25 January:

Sir Tony Brenton (former British Ambassador to Russia): ‘Spies among the canapés: The Impact of Intelligence on Diplomacy’


5-30 pm Friday 1 February:

Professor Christopher Andrew (in collaboration with Julius Green): ‘Drama and Intelligence: from Shakespeare and Marlowe to the 2019 Golden Globe awards’ (illustrated)


5-30 pm Friday 8 February PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.

The Seminar will meet in the Harley-Mason Room, Corpus Christi College New Court. Turn right after the Porters’ Lodge

Professor Simon Heffer: ‘Keeping dirty secrets in the Great War: censorship and cover-ups, 1914-18.’



11 am (coffee) for 11-30 am:

Joint conference (including lunch) in London with British Study Group on Intelligence (SGI)

Further details will be circulated


5-30 pm Friday 22 February: 

Professor Richard Aldrich (University of Warwick): ‘Ben Bradlee, US Intelligence and the Nixon Presidency: New Evidence.’

As Executive Editor of the Washington Post, Bradlee oversaw publication of the stories  on the Watergate Scandal by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein which helped bring down the Nixon presidency.


5-30 pm Friday 1 March:

Professor Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow): ‘Intelligence and Political Culture in France and Britain in the era of the First World War’


5-30 pm Friday 8 March

Professor John Ferris (Official Historian of GCHQ): ‘GCHQ and the Warsaw Pact’




Lent Term 2019 Programme - print version



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