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2018 Conference: New Perspectives on the Role of Intelligence in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Together with the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (ACIPSS) and the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES), the IIHA is glad to invite you to the upcoming conference “New Perspectives on the Role of Intelligence in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe” at the Bildungshaus Mariatrost in Graz.



Conference Program

 New Perspectives on the Role of Intelligence in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

24th Annual Conference of the

International Intelligence History Association (IIHA)

in cooperation with the

Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (ACIPSS) and the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES), University of Graz


June 8-10, 2018

Bildungshaus Mariatrost

Kirchbergstr. 18, 8044 Graz



FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 

12:00-12:30   Registration


12:30-13:00   Welcome and Opening

  • Shlomo SHPIRO, Chairman of the IIHA
  • Siegfried BEER, Chairman of the ACIPSS
  • Florian BIEBER, Director of the CSEES, University of Graz


13:00-14:30   Panel I: Intelligence in Southeastern Europe from World War I until Today

Chair: Shlomo SHPIRO, Bar Ilan University, Israel

  • Bogdan-Alexander THEODOR, National Institute for Intelligence Studies, Romania: The Great War and the Eastern European Battlefront: The Role of the Romanian Intelligence
  • Duncan BARE, ACIPSS, University of Graz, Austria: Developing American HUMINT in Central Europe: The SSU/CIG and ‘the Pond’ in Early Cold War Budapest (Hungary)
  • Christopher NEHRING, German Spy Museum Berlin, Germany: New Perspectives on Bulgarian Intelligence”



14:30-15:00   Coffee Break 


15:00-16:30   Panel II: Foreign and Domestic Intelligence Services in Austria

Chair: Siegfried BEER, University of Graz, Austria

  • Dieter BACHER, Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Research on Consequences of War, Graz, Austria: Czechoslovakian Intelligence Services in Austria during the Early Cold War 1948-1968
  • Przemysław GASZTOLD, Institute of National Remembrance & War Studies University of Warsaw, Poland: Polish Military Intelligence in Austria, 1955-1990
  • Paul SCHLIEFSTEINER, ACIPSS, University of Graz, Austria: Publishing about Austria and Intelligence after 1945: Critical, Political, Anecdotal and Loathing, but barely Academic



17:00-18:30   Panel III: Intelligence during the Cold War I

Chair: Florian BIEBER, University of Graz, Austria

  • Adrian HÄNNI, Distance Learning University, Switzerland: Western Intelligence, the Pope and the Cold War in Eastern Europe: The strange Case of La Commission pour lEglise Persécutée
  • Ivan BARIC, Zagreb Defence Academy, Croatia: Conflict between Yugoslavia and the Cominform in the declassified CIA ReportsThe Informbiro Period
  • Igor LUKES, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, USA: Who Killed Secretary General Rudolf Slansky? Stalin? TheCIA?”



19:00   Dinner

Keynote Address: Yossi KUPERWASSER, former head of the Israeli Defense Force Intelligence Research Division, Israel: Learning as a Generator of Improvement – the Israel Intelligence Experience

Discussant: Shlomo SHPIRO, Chairman of the IIHA






09:30-10:30   Young Researcher Forum

Young Researcher Forum I

Chair: Charlotte Backerra, University of Darmstadt, Germany

  • Oana-Elena BRANDA, Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania: The need for reform of the national security legislation in Romania
  • Constant HIJZEN, Leiden University, The Netherlands: Of ticking bombs: Western security services against political violence and terrorism


Young Researcher Forum II

Chair: NN

  • Andrei BABADAC, Romanian National Intelligence Academy, Romania: The Romanian Intelligence Service’s role as guardian of the national security
  • Dora GELO, University of Zagreb, Croatia: Fundamental problems between intelligence system and media in the context of transparency demands and secrecy requirements


10:30-11:00   Coffee Break


11:00-12:30   Panel IV: Intelligence and Terrorism

Chair: Wolfgang KRIEGER, University of Marburg, Germany

  • Paul MADDRELL, Loughborough University, UK: Terrorism in Central Europe: the Stasi as an International Terrorist Organization, 1950-1989
  • John SCHINDLER, New York Observer, USA: Black Actions: Yugoslav Intelligence and State Terrorism, 1965-1990
  • Gordan AKRAP, Hybrid Warfare Research Institute Zagreb, Croatia: Yugoslavian State Security Service and International Terrorism – German RAF and Yugoslavia


12:30-14:00   Lunch Break


14:00-15:30   Panel V: Intelligence during the Cold War II

Chair: Charlotte Backerra, University of Darmstadt, Germany

  • Cees WIEBES, Senior Analyst (ret.), National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism, The Netherlands: The Hungarian Uprising of 1956: 3000 Hungarian Refugees flee to the Netherlands and the Response of the Dutch Intelligence Community. A Historical Appraisal
  • Simon GRAHAM, University of Sydney, Australia: Ideology, Intelligence Cultures and Interdependence: A Transnational History of Intelligence in Soviet-aligned Central Europe, 1948-1958
  • Daniela RICHTEROVA, University of Warwick, UK: Communist Czechoslovakia, Revolutionaries and Terrorists: An Investigation into State Relations with Violent Non-State Actors


15:30-16:00   Coffee Break


16:00-17:00   Panel VI: Developments of Intelligence in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe after the Cold War

Chair: Anna ABELMANN, University of Bochum, Germany

  • Michal VASECKA, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Slovakia: Intelligence and Anti-Semitism in the Process of Modernization of Central Europe after 1989
  • John NOMIKOS, RIEAS Institute, Athens, Greece: Intelligence and Instability in Southeast Europe: Organized Crime and Illegal Immigration


17:00-17:30  Project Presentation: Cold War Eastern Europe

Francisco VIRGILI, Digital Resources Taylor & Francis


18:00-19:00   IIHA Membership Meeting 2018


19:00   Dinner




SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018 

09:00-11:00   Panel VII: Oversight and Accountability: New Perspectives and Historical discoveries

Chair: Richard ALDRICH, University of Warwick, UK

  • Melina DOBSON, University of Warwick, UK: “Waste, Fraud and Abuse”: The Call for a Whistleblower Track in the Intelligence Community
  • Sarah MAINWARING, University of Warwick, UK: Regulating the swamp-attempts to develop Oversight for Cyberspace– ‘from Clipper and TTP, to RIP’
  • Jason DYMYDIUK, University of Warwick, UK: NSA-Press Relations in a Post-Church Committee America
  • Jules GASPARD, Dublin City University, Ireland: Autobiography as Accountability? New CIA Memoirs and the public Face of Intelligence
    Discussant: Chris MORAN, University of Warwick, UK


11:00-11:30   Coffee Break


11:30-13:00   Panel VIII: Sharing and Gathering Intelligence in Times of Crisis

Chair: Michael WALA, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany

  • Aviva GUTTMANN, King’s College London, UK: The Political Dimension of Intelligence-Sharing
  • Ephraim LAPID, Bar Ilan University, Israel: An Intelligence Triangle: Israel, Turkey and Iran – 1956-1979
  • Natalia TELEPNEVA, University of Warwick, UK: Agent SEKRETAR: Czechoslovakia in Africa and the Role of Human Intelligence during the Cold War


13:00-13:30   Closing Remarks


End of Conference






Conference Venue:

The conference is going to take place at the Bildungshaus Mariatrost, Kirchbergstr. 18, 8044 Graz. The Bildunghaus can be reached:

  • From the Airport: The easiest way is to take a taxi. The price is about 30€. Alternatively, the Bildungshaus can be reached by bus No. 630 (Airport – Graz, Jakominiplatz) and on with No. 220 (Jakominiplatz – Mariatrost Postamt/Kirchbergstrasse).
  • From the Railway Station: The easiest way is to take a taxi. The price is about 15€. Alternatively, the Bildungshaus can be reached by bus 58 to Mariagrün and then bus E1 to Mariatrost end station. Price for bus/tram: one-hour ticket is 2,80 €.
  • By Car: Follow signs to Universität Graz and then turn into Heinrichstrasse leading into Mariatrosterstrasse, turning right on Kirchbergstrasse; there is plenty of free parking at the Bildungshaus.


Registration and Participation Fee:

The registration for the conference is to be done by email to the IIHA Executive Director at The conference participation fee is 150 €for non-members, 90 €for IIHA members and 60 €for students (members and non-members). This includes dinners on Friday and Saturday evening as well as coffee and lunch breaks during the conference. The conference fee can be paid either in advance via bank transfer at „Sparkasse Mainfranken Würzburg, IBAN DE05 7905 0000 0047 5072 56, BIC BYLADEM1SWU“, or directly at the conference registration desk before the opening panel. Please note that we have no facilities for processing credit card payments during the conference. For this reason, the conference fee can only be paid cash in Euros.

Please register before June 1, 2018.