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Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings tells the story of “3/11”—the March 11, 2004, bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain in the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and on through the fallout of the attacks. Fernando Reinares’s account draws on judicial, police, and intelligence documents to which he had privileged access, as well as on personal interviews with officials in Spain and elsewhere.

A History of the Iraq Crisis: France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991–2003

In March 2003, the United States and Great Britain invaded Iraq to put an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein, their bête noire since the 1991 Gulf War. The war was launched without a UN mandate and was based on the erroneous claim that Iraq had retained weapons of mass destruction. France, under President Jacques Chirac and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, spectacularly opposed the US and British invasion, leading a global coalition against the war that also included Germany and Russia.

Call for Papers: Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

Call for Papers: Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

Taking place in Washington, D.C., March 30 - April 1, 2017

Joint Conveners: International Intelligence History Association, German Historical Institute, and the History & Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center

Who Watches the Watchmen? The New Intelligence Oversight

Out now from Oxford University Press, Global Intelligence Oversight: Governing Security in the Twenty-First Century is a look at the ways that nations around the world supervise their spies. The product of a partnership between NYU School of Law and the Wilson Center, this volume offers case studies that stretch from Israel to Australia, alongside essays on key emerging topics in intelligence, including the rise of powerful, privacy-minded technology companies.

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

From 1979 until 1985, the CIA ran an immensely productive spy in the heart of the Soviet military-industrial complex in Moscow. Author David E. Hoffman will describe this singularly-important operation, based on declassified CIA cables and his new book, The Billion Dollar Spy, and argue that despite the many achievements of technology in espionage, human sources are still vital.

The encryption fight is overblown

Governments are not wired — physically or intellectually — to embrace technology. In 1922, the Michigan Supreme Court warned that cars would offer criminals and anarchists a “means of silent approach and swift escape unknown in the history of the world before their advent.” They urged a national debate: “The question of their police control and reasonable search . . . is a serious question.”

Security Clearance: A Next-Gen Overhaul

When hackers made off with sensitive data from the Office of Personnel Management, they put new stress on a creaky approach to security clearances. Too often, the federal system freezes out individuals with critical language skills, cultural acumen, and strong ties to sensitive regions; at the same time, it failed to counter the insider threat posed by leakers like Edward Snowden.

The Paris Attacks: New Pressure on the Obama Administration

Wilson Center Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey describes new pressure on the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the attack on Paris.

Internships with the Cold War International History Project

Spring 2020 Semester Application Deadline is 1 November 2019

Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence

Previous histories have focused on the KGB, leaving Military Intelligence and the special service--which focused on codes and ciphers--lurking in the shadows. Drawing on previously neglected Russian sources, Haslam reveals how both were in fact crucial to the survival of the Soviet state.

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