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SPY CHIEFS: Intelligence Leaders in History, Culture and International Relations

We are delighted to announce details for a conference entitled ‘Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in History, Culture and International Relations’, to be held at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in Venice on 7 May 2014.

In many countries today, spy chiefs are the public face of intelligence. They speak to the media, appear before public inquiries and committees, and even write books. This has not always been the case. In the United Kingdom, for example, heads of agencies were historically appointed in secret, their names and roles not officially disclosed to the public. This international conference will bring together academics and practitioners to broaden and deepen our understanding of what makes an intelligence leader. Participants will consider what it means to be a spy chief in national and institutional contexts, as well as explore how the position has evolved as threats to national security have changed and agencies confront challenges from managerialism to public pressure for transparency. Papers are welcomed that examine any serving or retired head of agency, including fictional representations, or use case studies to illuminate the role that spy chiefs have played, critical or otherwise, in the conduct of international relations.

Paper proposals of 250 words and 1 page CV including the author’s name, address, email address and institutional affiliation should be sent to Christopher.Moran@warwick.ac.uk