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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Counter-terrorism intelligence and UK-EU cooperation

17:30 - 19:00

Department of War Studies, Level 6 Meeting Room Strand King's Building London WC2R 2LS

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Counter-terrorism intelligence and UK-EU cooperation

Hager Ben Jaffel will present key findings from her recent book Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain, which examines the European dimension to British security through counter-terrorism intelligence.

This talk explores the security connections between Britain and Europe through the everyday practice of police force representatives, and the way they understand and conduct their work. Dr Ben Jaffel will discuss the alliances and disputes between British security services and political actors in the development of post-Brexit counter-terrorism cooperation. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and new theoretical perspectives, she offers a novel interpretation of the current ‘exit’ negotiations, and the changes to UK-EU security arrangements.


Further details and registration can be found here

17:30 - 19:00

Department of War Studies, Level 6 Meeting Room Strand King's Building London WC2R 2LS

Wednesday, 15th January 2020

BRIXMIS: Behind the lines in the GDR

12:00 - 14:00

King's College London. Strand, London WC2R 2LS

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Wednesday, 15th January 2020

BRIXMIS: Behind the lines in the GDR

Talk by Major General Peter Williams


After studying History at Cambridge University, Peter Williams spent over 30 years in the Coldstream Guards and enjoyed an unusually varied career.

During the Cold War he specialised in intelligence, serving first in Berlin from 1973 to 1975 as a Regimental Intelligence Officer.  He then studied Russian and German before spending more than four years in the 1980s in Berlin and East Germany as an officer in the British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission to the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (known as BRIXMIS), in effect working as a military spy.   In 1983 he was awarded an MBE for his success as an intelligence collector and analyst. In this talk he presented the history and the significance of BRIXMIS and its sister missions, outlining the value not only of the intelligence that was gathered, but also of maintaining close liaison with Soviet forces.

12:00 - 14:00

King's College London. Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Friday, 13 December 2019

Study Group on Intelligence - 25 Years of Intelligence Oversight

10:45 - 15:45

RUSI - Royal United Services Institute 61 Whitehall London SW1A 2ET

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Study Group on Intelligence - 25 Years of Intelligence Oversight

This daytime event will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Parliamentary Intelligence & Security Committee (ISC) as it developed out of the post-Cold War move to place British agencies on a legislative footing. The afternoon will host a more contemporary-focused appraisal of the current and future state of oversight in an increasingly interconnected world of transnational flows in which the public and private sectors’ powers of intrusion continue to grow.


Further details and registration can be found here

10:45 - 15:45

RUSI - Royal United Services Institute 61 Whitehall London SW1A 2ET

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Germany’s Nuclear Intentions, 1955-1966: A Well-Understood Known Unknown

15:00 - 17:00

Department of War Studies, Level 6 Meeting Room Strand King's Building London WC2R 2LS

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Germany’s Nuclear Intentions, 1955-1966: A Well-Understood Known Unknown

In this presentation, Andreas Lutsch joins the King's Intelligence and Security Group (KISG) to discuss intelligence analysis, uncertainty, and nuclear intentions in world politics. Using recently declassified U.S. National Intelligence Estimates, he reviews key intelligence judgements about West Germany's nuclear thinking during the Cold War, and offers thoughts about how to wrestle with the difficulty of gauging the “nuclear intentions” of states which are perceived, or misperceived, to harbor nuclear weapons ambitions.


Further details and registration can be found here

15:00 - 17:00

Department of War Studies, Level 6 Meeting Room Strand King's Building London WC2R 2LS

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Tom Keatinge: Challenges and opportunities in using financial intelligence

14:00 - 16:00

Franklin Wilkins Building, room 1.11 King's College London, Stamford St, London SE1 9NH

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Tom Keatinge: Challenges and opportunities in using financial intelligence

Tom Keatinge completed his Masters in Intelligence and International Security at King’s College London. His research focused on the effectiveness of the global counterterror finance regime. He then moved to RUSI, where he is now the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. His research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of intelligence and disruption. His centre publishes extensively, the latest report is ‘Securing the Integrity of the EU’s financial System is Overdue – Why is Progress so slow?’. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan. In this talk, Tom explores the opportunities and challenges involved in using the tools of the financial sector, and financial intelligence in general, to manage and counter a number of contemporary threats, including terrorism and organised crime. Tom explores how the tools built and developed over decades have been used to monitor and intercept aspiring foreign fighters, identify potential threats, and starve groups of funding. And considers how these tools can retain their usefulness in the face of new challenges, technological and ideological.

14:00 - 16:00

Franklin Wilkins Building, room 1.11 King's College London, Stamford St, London SE1 9NH

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

BRIXMIS: Behind the lines in Cold War East Germany

11:00 - 13:00

KCL Norfolk Building, Surrey St, London WC2R 2NA

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

BRIXMIS: Behind the lines in Cold War East Germany

Major General Peter Williams OBE recounts his time serving in Berlin and East Germany as an officer in the British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission to the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, BRIXMIS. The mission facilitated NATO's understanding of Soviet forces, their disposition and equipment, throughout the span of the Cold War, and provided an invaluable opportunity for British and Soviet soldiers to interact and generate mutual understanding and respect. Peter WIlliams is also chair of the BRIXMIS association, which is engaged in a variety of activities relating to recording and chronicling the history of the missions. His publications include,  Williams, CMG OBE. P., 2007. BRIXMIS In the 1980s: The Cold War’s “Great Game”. Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security (PHP): British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany, (ed) Williams, CMG OBE.

11:00 - 13:00

KCL Norfolk Building, Surrey St, London WC2R 2NA

Friday, 3 May 2019

Cambridge-KCL Intelligence and Peace Symposium

10:45 - 17:30

Trinity College, Cambridge, Winstanley Lecture Theatre

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Cambridge-KCL Intelligence and Peace Symposium

A century on from one of the most important peace treaties in modern times, The Treaty of Versailles, this symposium will explore the complex relationship between intelligence agencies, peace-making and conflict resolution. With a range of papers from the First World War to the present, this one-day event promises to be an exciting investigation of the various ways in which intelligence can help facilitate or frustrate peace and negotiations, as well the impact of conflict resolution on intelligence agencies.


KISG members Dr. Thomas Maguire and Polly Corrigan will be Chairs at the event, and Dr. Jules Gaspard will be presenting "The Perfidious Albion: The British Propaganda Campaign Against American Neutrality in the First World War".


Registration for the symposium costs £10 and includes lunch, and is at the following link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-kcl-intelligence-and-peace-symposium-tickets-60269183751

Registration closes on Tuesday, 23 April

Please see event programme details below:

10:45 - 17:30

Trinity College, Cambridge, Winstanley Lecture Theatre

Thursday, 11 July 2019

12:00 - 14:00

Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. War Studies meeting room (K6.07)

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Creating a Commonwealth security culture? State-building and the international politics of security assistance in Tanzania, 1955-65


KISG member, Dr. Thomas Maguire, will be discussing the aims, interests and impacts of British security assistance in Tanzania 1955-65. 


The talk will draw on security assistance concepts of patron-client and principal-agent relations to trace the aims, nature and impact of limited British security assistance pre-independence. It will also examine how and why significant change characterised Tanzania’s increasingly politicised and unstable security sector and its key international liaison partners during the transition and post-independence period.


Check out the event's promo video here.


Further details and registration can be found here.




12:00 - 14:00

Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. War Studies meeting room (K6.07)