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Call for Papers: „Intelligence, Diplomacy and International Relations“

The International Intelligence History Association (IIHA) organizes its 2019 Annual Conference in cooperation with the German Spy Museum in Berlin. The Conference will be held on May 10-12, 2019 at the German Spy Museum (Leipziger Platz 9, 10117 Berlin) and focus on “Intelligence, Diplomacy and International Relations”.

Over the past century, Berlin has often been known as the ‘Capital of espionage’.  From Imperial Germany and the First World War, through the Third Reich and the Second World War, to the GDR, Soviet Russia, the Cold war and its aftermath, Berlin featured a prominent role in European, and indeed global, intelligence activities.  Numerous intelligence services were present in Berlin, openly or covertly, and conducted a very wide range of activities in and around the city.  Many of these are featured in the Berlin Spy Museum, the perfect location for the Association’s 25th anniversary conference. The conference theme is intentionally broad, both in terms of the periods covered and of the focus of papers. This will provide a wide discussion and a variety of themes relating to intelligence and its various facets.

We welcome paper proposals on every issue relating to the conference theme, with special emphasis on:

  • Intelligence and Diplomacy as complementary crucial aspects of international relations
  • Berlin as a longtime center for intelligence and diplomacy
  • Intelligence operations in or relating to Berlin and/or Germany

We wish to dedicate at least one panel to papers dealing with questions on intelligence, security and diplomacy related to Berlin, but also welcome papers which focus on other areas in Germany, Europe and beyond. While the 20th and 21th centuries mark the focus of the conference, papers dealing with intelligence, diplomacy and international relations in early modern period and before are mostly welcome.  Also, we especially encourage paper proposals from young researchers and doctoral students, as well as from established scholars and former practitioners.

Please submit your paper proposal abstract of 200-300 words and your detailed CV in English by email to the IIHA Executive Director Anna Abelmann at: exec_director[a] The deadline for proposal submissions is January 10, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will go out by the end of January 2019. Conference presenters are invited to submit their revised paper in form of an article to the Association’s Journal of Intelligence History (JIH).

The IIHA is the oldest and largest association in the field of intelligence studies, with members from dozens of countries in all five continents.  In 2019, we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary.  Our annual conferences are the central place for presenting new research and meeting leading intelligence scholars, experts and colleagues from all over the world.