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IntelHub

Unlike the work of intelligence services, that primarily need to be conducted with the tools of secrecy, intelligence studies scholarship benefits from openness, the encouragement of sharing methods, processes, and sources, as well as full transparency in the process of advancing knowledge, discussing results, solving relevant controversies, and transferring that knowledge and best practices to society.

The School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University and American Military University, School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester in the UK, and Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain are leading providers of postgraduate intelligence education in their respective countries, each with an outward-looking institutional focus on internationalization and commitment to maximizing the benefits this can bring to their students. Developed in collaboration, IntelHub aims to connect scholars and researchers from intelligence studies, security studies, related academic fields and disciplines, as well as professionals worldwide to share their knowledge and provide an opportunity to build a robust international network for the study of intelligence.

Unlike the work of intelligence services, that primarily need to be conducted with the tools of secrecy, intelligence studies scholarship benefits from openness, the encouragement of sharing methods, processes, and sources, as well as full transparency in the process of advancing knowledge, discussing results, solving relevant controversies, and transferring that knowledge and best practices to society.

The School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University and American Military University, School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester in the UK, and Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain are leading providers of postgraduate intelligence education in their respective countries, each with an outward-looking institutional focus on internationalization and commitment to maximizing the benefits this can bring to their students. Developed in collaboration, IntelHub aims to connect scholars and researchers from intelligence studies, security studies, related academic fields and disciplines, as well as professionals worldwide to share their knowledge and provide an opportunity to build a robust international network for the study of intelligence.

Upcoming Events

Has the Creation of the National Security Council Reduced the Likelihood of Intelligence Failures at the Hands of Executive Consumers in the UK?

Intelhub Speaker Series: Celia G. Parker
Attend Webinar  December 17, 2019 at 10am ET

The UK’s National Security Council (NSC) was created in 2010 to bring together executive decision makers and experts to discuss and implement the UK’s National Security Strategy. The NSC formalised regular contact between intelligence and policy makers at the highest level of decision making on national security in the UK. It reinforced the British intelligence culture of collegiality and was intended as a home for Grand Strategy. Its creation has decreased the likelihood of some types of intelligence failures at the hands of its executive consumers, for example misunderstanding the nature and limitations of intelligence. Moreover, although not all types of intelligence failure have been mitigated, the opportunity for negative politicisation of intelligence, such as cherry picking, is reduced. However, the NSC is not a statutory institution, and its use by members of the UK’s executive is neither obligatory nor prescribed. Like the arrangements which came before it, the NSC’s effectiveness is subject to the whim of the Prime Minister of the day, as will be, therefore, his or her use of intelligence. View more.

Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain

Intelhub Speaker Series: Hager Ben Jaffel
Attend Webinar  February 19, 2020 at 10am ET

This presentation will discuss research findings drawn from the recently published monograph entitled ‘Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain’. The monograph investigates everyday practices of intelligence cooperation between Britain and its continental partners in anti-terrorism matters.

In contrast to political and academic narratives that overstate the divide between Britain and Europe, it is argued that British intelligence has always had a European dimension. Claiming that Britain has a European connection has consisted in shifting away from dominant categories of understanding in Intelligence Studies and cognate disciplines towards a different conception of intelligence cooperation that emphasizes its practical and human underpinnings. Building upon a theoretical framework inspired by International Political Sociology and ethnographic fieldwork in Europe, this presentation will uncover concrete manifestations of Britain’s European connection by looking at the everyday routines and working relationships of representatives from British police forces embedded in a European field structured around the exchange of anti-terror intelligence.

It will also provide an innovative way to account for intelligence cooperation through the analysis of resources at stake in this field (i.e. budget and workforce, inter alia), which determine the trajectory and positioning of police and intelligence services in Europe, thereby contrasting with rationalist perspectives that explain intelligence cooperation in terms of threat perceptions and state decisions. Finally, the presentation will open up a new interpretation of the recent moves of British security services in the context of ‘Brexit’ negotiations.

This presentation will therefore ground a counter-intuitive analysis that upends many assumptions about the Anglo-European relationship, such as the commonly held view that the Britain has an ambivalent position towards Europe as a result of its ‘special relationship’ with the United States. View more.

Intelhub Speaker Series Archives

Where in the World is al-Baghdadi? Finding a Terrorist Leader with Open Source Geospatial Intelligence   Presented October 4, 2019
Stephen Coulthart, Meghann, Maloney, and Reagan Turley

Capitalizing on Competition: Coopetition in a World of State Secrets   Presented September 9, 2019
Daniela Bacheș-Torres

The Fundamentals - The Four Pillars of Intelligence Operations:  Data, Tools, People, Processes   Presented August 7, 2019
Erik Kliensmith

Insurgent use of Intelligence  Presented July 3, 2019
Dr. David Strachan-Morris

From CIA to Facebook: The Rise of Intelligence in the Private Sector   Presented May 23, 2019
Efren R. Torres-Baches

Disinformation Wars: What Russian Active Measures Reveal About American Passive Society   Presented April 24, 2019
Matthew Crosston

Disrupt and Deny: British Covert Action and Foreign Policy   Presented April 11, 2019
Rory Cormac

Hostage Negotiation: An International Scenario and Intelligence-Based Approach   Presented February 20, 2019
Dr. Sabrina Magris

Grey Spaces: Commercial OSINT Provision   Presented January 24, 2019.
Robert Munks & Terry Pattar

Intelligence, Biosecurity, and Bioterrorism   Presented November 29, 2018.
Dr. Patrick Walsh, Associate Professor, at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Principled Spying: The Ethics of Secret Intelligence   Presented October 22, 2018.
Dr. Mark Phythian, School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester, UK

Understanding Threats, Adversaries, and Competitors Through Threat Profiling   Presented September 27, 2018.
Erik Kleinsmith

Open Source Intelligence   Presented May 21, 2018.
Arno H.P. Reuser 

Rethinking Intelligence   Presented April 25, 2018.
Randolph H. Pherson

Ethical Espionage: Beyond Professional Oversight   Presented March 21, 2018.
Dr. Jan Goldman

Discussion on the Global Security and Intelligence Studies Journal   Presented February 27, 2018. 
Dr. Melissa Schnyder and Dr. Matthew Crosston

Extremism, Radicalization and Security. An Identity Theory Approach   Presented December 14, 2017.
Julian Richards

EU Intelligence and the importance of international cooperation in intelligence   Presented Oct 25, 2017.
José-Miguel Palacios

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IntelHub Founding Directors

Nicole Drumhiller

Dr. Nicole Drumhiller, Ph.D.
School of Security and Global Studies, American Public University System, USA

Mark Phythian

Dr. Mark Phythian
School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester, UK

Ruben Arcos

Dr. Rubén Arcos, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Sciences and Sociology, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain