Upcoming events

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Australia's Cold War: Espionage, intrigue, and the emergence of ASIO

17:30 - 19:00

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

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Australia's Cold War: Espionage, intrigue, and the emergence of ASIO

KISG invite you to a guest lecture by the official historian of Australia's security and signals intelligence agencies.


Professor John Blaxland was a lead author of the multi-volume official history of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Come and hear him speak about his experience constructing Australia’s intelligence history, focusing on key domestic and international episodes, and the challenges and opportunities posed by official histories of intelligence communities.


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 United Kingdom

Monday, 4 November 2019

Psychology and Intelligence Surprise with Uri Bar-Joseph

17:30 - 19:00

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

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Psychology and Intelligence Surprise with Uri Bar-Joseph

The KCL Intelligence and Security Group invites you to a presentation on psychology and intelligence surprise with a world-leading expert.

In some so-called intelligence failures, a lack of critical information has accounted for the outcome. But in others - Operation Barbarossa, the Korean and Yom Kippur Wars - the victim had an almost complete intelligence picture but was surprised nonetheless. How are intelligence experts to account for this?

In this presentation, Professor Uri Bar-Joseph takes a close look at the events which preceded these and other catastrophes in intelligence history. Drawing from his most recent book, Sudden Attack: Intelligence and Leadership in the Ultimate Test, Bar-Joseph discusses a pattern in several cases: a key person in the warning-response process misperceived the looming threat and acted in ways that led to a systemic malfunction.


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, 20 November 2019

Book Launch - Secret Alliances

18:00 - 21:00

King's College London Council Room Strand, London London WC2R 2LS

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Book Launch - Secret Alliances

The Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and KCL Intelligence and Security Group invite you to the book launch 'Secret Alliances'.

Europe, 1940. Nazi forces sweep across the continent, with a British invasion likely only weeks away. Never before has a resistance movement been so crucial to the war effort.Here, historian Tony Insall reveals how some of the most striking– but little-known – achievements of the Norwegian resistance were the detailed reports produced by SIS agents living in the dangerous conditions of the country’s desolate wilderness. Their coast-watching intelligence highlighted the movements of warships threatening Allied convoys, and led to counter-strikes which damaged or sank many German ships – most notably the Tirpitz in November 1944.A definitive appraisal of Anglo-Norwegian WWII cooperation, Secret Alliances provides remarkable insights into the uniquely close political relationship that afforded powerful assistance for a successful resistance movement.


Further details and registration can be found here

18:00 - 21:00

King's College London Council Room Strand, London London WC2R 2LS

Past Events

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)