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2019 Conference: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and International Relations

Together with the German Spy Museum Berlin, the IIHA is glad to invite you to the upcoming conference on “Intelligence, Diplomacy, and International Relations”.


Conference Program


Intelligence, Diplomacy, and

International Relations


25th Annual Conference of the

International Intelligence History Association (IIHA)

in cooperation with the German Spy Museum Berlin

May 10-12, 2019

German Spy Museum Berlin

Leipziger Platz 9, 10117 Berlin



FRIDAY (May 10, 2019)

12:00-12:30    Registration


12:30-13:00    Welcome and Opening

  • Shlomo SHPIRO, Chairman of the IIHA
  • Robert RÜCKEL, Director of the German Spy Museum


13:00-15:00    Panel I: Between East and West – Espionage in Berlin

Chair: Shlomo SHPIRO, Bar Ilan University, Israel

  • Rüdiger BERGIEN, Centre of Contemporary History Potsdam, Germany: The Tapped Politburo: Western Espionage in the SED Central Committee Apparatus, 1950–1972
  • Thomas BOGHARDT, US Army Center of Military History Washington D.C, USA: America’s Secret Army: The 7880 Military Intelligence Detachment in Berlin
  • Bruce M. MACKAY, National Intelligence University, USA: West Berlin: Home to Odd, Curious, and Strange Intelligence Collection Efforts of the Cold War
  • Susanne MUHLE, Berlin Wall Foundation: City of Kidnappings. The Abduction Practice of the East German Secret Police and the Western Reactions in Cold War Berlin


15:00-15:30    Coffee Break


15:30-17:30    Panel II: Intelligence and International Relations

Chair: André RANSON, French Ministry of Defence, France

  • Torben GÜLSTORFF, Freelance Historian Berlin, Germany: The Invisible Hand. West German Undercover Operations to Channel Nation-building Processes during the Early Stages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lutz HEILMANN, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany: Knowledge and Intelligence in the Early Cold War. Partisan and Stay-Behind Networks in Austria and Germany
  • Susan PERLMAN, National Intelligence University, USA: US Intelligence and the French Crisis of 1947
  • Jens WEGENER, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany: Handle with Care: CIA-BND Cooperation in the Field of Electronic Data Processing during the “Information Explosion,” 1964-1974


17:30-18:00    Keynote Speech: Shlomo SHPIRO – 25 Years of IIHA – Do Intelligence Studies Make Better Intelligence Services?


18:00  Evening Reception at the German Spy Museum


SATURDAY (May 11, 2019)


09:00-10:00    Young Researcher Forum

Young Researcher Forum I


Young Researcher Forum II


10:00-10:30    Coffee Break


10:30-12:30    Panel III: The place to be: International Intelligence Services in Germany during the 20th century

Chair: Anna ABELMANN, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany

  • Gordan AKRAP: Hybrid Warfare Research Institute, Croatia:Walesa, Woytila, „Angelo“ and KGB/HVA/SBU: Active Measures in Germany
  • Michael Eric LAMBERT, Sorbonne University, France: The French Military Intelligence in Berlin (1966-1994)
  • Ephraim LAPID, Bar Ilan University, Israel: International Opportunity Windows, 1940-1952The Origins of the Israeli Mossad
  • Danny PRONK, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Netherland: Thinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Our Men in BerlinThe Netherlands Military Mission at the Allied Control Council for Germany, 1945-1949


12:30-14:00    Lunch Break


14:00-16:00    Panel IV: Intelligence and Diplomacy

Chair: Charlotte BACKERRA, University of Darmstadt, Germany

  • Roberto DURAN, Catholic University of Chile, Chile:Diplomacy and Intelligence: A Study about Three South-American countries, 1970-2000
  • Sophia HOFFMANN,Leibniz-Center Modern Orient, Germany: The GDR’s Ministry of State Security’s Relations with the Arab Middle East: Intelligence as an Integral Element of Diplomacy
  • Wolfgang KRIEGER, University of Marburg, Germany:Spying and Diplomacy: The German BND and Its Western Partners from 1945 to the 1960s
  • Donald P.STEURY, University of Maryland, USA: Naval Arms Control and Intelligence in the Prewar Era: The Bismarck as an Intelligence Problem


16:00-16:30    Coffee Break


16:30-18:00    Panel V: Intelligence, Transparency and Whistleblowers

Chair: Eva JOBS, University of Marburg, Germany

  • Adrian HÄNNI, University of Zurich, Switzerland:“Terrorist Diplomacy”: West European Intelligence Services and Secret Diplomacy with International Armed Groups during the Cold War
  • Anne-Simone ROUS, Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities: Ciphers as Whistleblowers: Circles and Compasses of Secrecy in the 18th century
  • Michael WALA, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany: Otto John – Patriot or Traitor? A Story of International Intelligence Entanglements and Disinformation


18:00-19:00    Annual Membership Meeting of the IIHA


19:00 Evening Reception at the German Spy Museum


SUNDAY (May 12, 2019)


09:00-11:00    Panel VI: Intelligence, Diplomacy and Embassies

Chair: Chris MORAN, University of Warwick, UK

  • Dina REZK, University of Reading, UK: The Unstable Watch Tower: America’s Cairo Embassy and the Egyptian Leadership
  • Daniela RICHTEROVA,Brunel University, UK: Intelligence, Terrorism and Liaison: Middle Eastern embassies in the East Bloc
  • Nikita SHAH, University of Warwick, UK: Beijing 1967: An Embassy in Flames
  • Zakia SHIRAZ, University of Leicester, UK: Diplomats Under Siege: The M-19 and the Bogotá Embassy Takeover of 1980


11:00-11:30    Coffee Break


11:30-13:30    Panel VII: Intelligence Today

Chair: Richard ALDRICH, University of Warwick, UK

  • Samantha HOSSACK, University of Waterloo, Canada: Failing in Transition: The Failure of the United States’ Intelligence System and its Effects on International Relations
  • Christopher NEHRING, University of Heidelberg, Germany & Constant HINJZEN, University of Leiden, The Netherland: Comparing the Watchdogs – German and Dutch Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight
  • Allen PIETROBON, American University, USA: Journalist or Intelligence Agent? The fine line between reporting the news and intelligence gatherings
  • Pedro PONTE E SOUSA, New University of Lisbon, Portugal: Is there any Intelligence at All? Portuguese Foreign Policy, Secrecy, the National Interest, and Transparency



End of Conference



Registration and Participation Fee:

Registration for the conference is to be done by email to the Executive Director at exec_director(a) until May 1, 2019.

The conference participation fee is 140 € for non-members, 90 € for members of the IIHAand 60 € for students (members and non-members). The fee includes coffee breaks and reception during the conference as well as a one-time free entrance to the Museum’s exhibition.

The conference fee can either be paid in cash at the conference registration desk upon you arrival at the conference venue or via bank transfer to the IIHA bank account at: Sparkasse Mainfranken Wuerzburg, IBAN DE05 7905 0000 0047 5072 56, BIC BYLADEM1SWU.