Intelligence and International Security

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Abstract

Intelligence has always been a part of war, but it has not always been a part of War Studies. This was partly because of the strictures of secrecy, but also because of a lack of interest in spying and espionage among historians of war and international security. Now, intelligence is a core element of the study of war, conflict, and security. The academic literature, once sparse, is now developing rapidly, and with it the boundaries of the subject. Intelligence studies, like War Studies, is now about so much more than great power conflict. This chapter traces the evolution of intelligence studies as a part of War Studies. It outlines the evolution of openness across the world, the drivers behind it, where this leaves the discipline today, and how it will develop over the near future. Intelligence will remain prominent in discussions of security and in popular culture, but also secretive. It also has the potential of becoming more intrusive, powerful, and influential. Therefore studying and assessing intelligence and security, and how it relates to society and the individual is crucial not only for the development of the topic but also for the health of democratic society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn Introduction to War Studies
EditorsMichael S. Goodman, Rachel Kerr, Matthew Moran
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Chapter5
Pages65-77
ISBN (Electronic)9781802203325
ISBN (Print)9781802203318
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2024

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