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2017 Conference: Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

Together with the Woodrow Wilson Center and the German Historical Institute, the IIHA is glad to invite you to the upcoming conference “Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community” in Washington DC, USA.

Conference Program

„Creating and Challenging the

Transatlantic Intelligence Community“

from 30 March to 1 April 2017

at Woodrow Wilson Center and German Historical Institute, Washington DC, USA

in cooperation with the International Intelligence History Association (IIHA)


THURSDAY, 30 March 2017 (Woodrow Wilson Center)

12:00 – 12:30 Registration


12:30 – 13:00 Welcome and Opening

Christian OSTERMANN (Director, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

Thomas BOGHARDT (U.S. Army Center of Military History, USA)

Michael WALA (Ruhr-University of Bochum/IIHA, Germany)


13:00 – 14:00 Panel I: From World War to Cold War and Beyond

Chair: Anna DAUN (Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany)

  • Thomas J. MAGUIRE (King’s College London, UK): „Western Overseas Security Assistance: Counter-subversion, Intelligence Liaison and Post-imperial Influence in the Cold War Global South”
  • Michael HERMAN (Nuffield College Oxford, UK): “What Difference did it Make? Cold War Intelligence from a Todays’ Point of View”


14:00 – 14:30 Coffee Break


14:30 – 16:00 Panel II: Exchanging Intelligence, Exchanging Data

Chair: Vince HOUGHTON (International Spy Museum, USA)

  • John FOX (FBI Historian, USA): “Foreign Counterintelligence Cooperation and the Transatlantic Intelligence Community”
  • Jens WEGENER (William Paterson University, USA): “A Many-Headed Beast: The CIA’s Project HYDRA and the Dawn of the Information Age in the Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation”
  • Verena DIERSCH (University of Cologne, Germany): “Digital Network Intelligence in a Transatlantic Organizational Field and Cooperation between NSA, BND, and BfV”


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break


16:30 – 18:00 Panel III: Transatlantic Intelligence and Eastern Europe

Chair: Jeffrey HERF (University of Maryland, USA)

  • Mark STOUT, Katalin KADAR LYNN (Johns Hopkins University, USA): “Failed Transatlantic Liaison: Early Cold War Paper Mills and the Case of the MHBK (Association of Hungarian Veterans)”
  • Enrico HEITZER (Brandenburg Memorial Foundation, Germany): “The Fighting Group against Inhumanity: Spying and Destabilizing the GDR”
  • Nicholas J. SCHLOSSER (US Army Center of Military History, USA): “The East German Campaign against Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin, 1953-1961”


19:30   Dinner



FRIDAY, 31 March 2016 (Woodrow Wilson Center)

9:00 – 10:30 Young Researchers’ Forum I

Chair: Charlotte BACKERRA, (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

  • Susan PERLMAN (American University Washington DC, USA): “Franco-American Intelligence Cooperation and the Beginning of the Global Cold War”
  • Constant HIJZEN (Leiden University, The Netherlands): “Our American friends: The Genesis of the Dutch-American Intelligence Liaison”


9:00 – 10:30 Young Researchers’ Forum II

Chair: Anna ABELMANN (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany)

  • Christopher KIRCHBERG (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany): “The Computerization of the German Intelligence Service: Starting Point for a New Level of Transatlantic Intelligence Partnership“
  • Tobias SCHMITT (University of Freiburg, Germany): “U.S. Intelligence and the Nascent Transatlantic Security Architecture of the Cold War: The Case of the Gesellschaft für Wehrkunde
  • Daniel PRONK (Netherlands Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands): “Sharing the Burden, Sharing the Secrets. The Fulcrum of Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation”


10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break


10:45 – 11:45 Panel IV: Transatlantic Intelligence and the Two Germanys

Chair: Richard BREITMAN (American University, USA) (tentative)

  • Kevin Conley RUFFNER (CIA, USA): “’Our Work in the Soviet Zone of Germany has been nothing but Interminable Delays, Restrictions, Bargaining and Suspicion’: U.S. Army Graves Registration Operations in East Germany 1945-1956”
  • Kristie MACRAKIS (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA): “The Hazards of Intelligence Cooperation: The Case of the Berlin Tunnel & George Blake”


12:00 Keynote Address

Chair: Christian OSTERMANN (Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

Christopher A. KOJM (George Washington University, formerly chair of NIC, USA: “The Transatlantic Intelligence Relations”


13:00-14:30 Lunch Break


14:30 – 16:00 Panel V: Anglo-American Signals Intelligence Relationship:

Evolution and Lessons

Chair: John FERRIS (University of Calgary, Canada)

  • David J. SHERMAN (National Security Agency, USA): “From Improvisation to Permanence: British and American Signals Intelligence, 1941-1955: An American Perspective”
  • Tony COMER (Government Communications Headquarters, UK): “From Improvisation to Permanence: British and American Signals Intelligence, 1941-1955 – A British Perspective”
  • Michael WARNER (US Department of Defense, USA): “Transformation and Intelligence Liaison”


16:00-16:30 Coffee Break


16:30-18:00 Panel VI: UK-USA Intelligence: Past, Present, Future

Chair: Bernd SCHAEFER (Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

  • Chris MORAN (University of Warwick, UK): “Anglo-American Co-operation and the Future of Intelligence”
  • David GIOE (US Military Academy at West Point, USA): “The 1946 UK-USA Agreement: The Mustard Seed of Transatlantic Cyber Operations?”
  • Calder WALTON (Harvard University, USA): “For your Eyes only: The UK-US ‘Special’ Intelligence Relationship and Changing Strategic Threats in the Twentieth Century”


18:00-19:00 Panel VII: Perceptions of US-German Intelligence Relations

Chair: Timothy Naftali (New York University, USA)

  • Dorle HELLMUTH (Catholic University of America, USA): ”German-US Intelligence Cooperation: Reliable Transatlantic Allies despite Differences”
  • Bodo HECHELHAMMER (BND Historia, Germany): “[…] to give the Germans a broad picture of the US […]”: the Secret US Training and Visiting Program by the CIA


19:30 Dinner


SATURDAY, 1 April, 2016 (German Historical Institute)

9:00-9:30         Welcome by GHI Director Simone LÄSSIG


9:30-11:30: Panel VIII: German Integration in the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

Chair: Simone LÄSSIG (Director German Historical Institute, USA)

  • Wolfgang KRIEGER (University of Marburg, Germany): “The BND as a Western Intelligence Partner, 1948-1968”
  • Michael WALA (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany): “Hunting the ‘Red Orchestra’ after 1945 and the Creation of a Transatlantic Intelligence Community”
  • Thomas BOGHARDT (U.S. Army Center of Military History, USA): “Semper Vigilis: The U.S. Army Security Agency Europe in Early Cold War Germany”
  • Eva JOBS (University of Marburg, Germany): “Trust, Lies, and Science: The Polygraph as a Transatlantic Intelligence Challenge”


11:30-11:45 Coffee Break


11:45 – 12:45 Keynote Address

Chair: Thomas WEGENER FRIIS (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Joseph WIPPL (former CIA Chief of Europe Division/Boston University, USA): “Unilateral v. Multilateral Liaison: The Future of Transatlantic Intelligence”


12:45-13:00 Closing Remarks


13:00 Lunch at German Historical Institute



Conference Venue and Organizers:

The conference is going to take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave and the German Historical Institute on 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW.

The conference is a joint venture of the Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute, and the International Intelligence History Association (IIIHA).

Registration and Participation Fee:

Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive Director at exec_director[a] before 23 March 2017, using the attached form.

The conference fee is 150 € / 165 US-Dollar for non-members, 110 € / 120 US-Dollar for IIHA members and 75 € / 80 US-Dollar for students. This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.

The conference fee needs to be paid in advance either via bank transfer or credit card payment.

Please return the Registration Form Conference 2017 form to exec_director[a] before 23 March 2017.


Participants arrange their own accommodation and travel. The following hotels are close to the conference venues: