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Annual Conference 2016, April 15-17: Military Intelligence

The IIHA is glad to invite you to is 22th Annual Conference on “Military Intelligence”. The Conference takes place at the Museum of Military History in Dresden (Olbrichtsplatz 2, 01099 Dresden). Please find further details regarding the registration process below.

Military Intelligence

22th Annual Conference of the

International Intelligence History Association (IIHA)

in cooperation with the Museum of Military History Dresden


April 15-17,2016

Museum of Military History

Olbrichtsplatz 2, 01099 Dresden, Germany


FRIDAY, April 15, 2016

12:30-13:00    Opening, Registration

13:00-13:30    Welcome and Greetings

Michael WALA, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany

Matthias ROGG, Director of the Museum of Military History Dresden, Germany


13:30-15:30    Panel I: Military Intelligence during the Cold War

Chair: Michael WALA, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany

  • Frederic ISCHEBECK-BAUM, Kings College London, UK: Spies at the Heart of Cold War: British Military Intelligence in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the GDR
  • Thomas WEGENER FRIIS, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark: GDR Military Intelligence in Denmark
  • Johan MATZ, Uppsala University, Sweden: Soviet Military Espionage in Sweden in the Early Cold War
  • Magnus PAHL, Museum of Military History Dresden, Germany: Conception and Synopsis of the Current Temporary Exhibition „Achtung Spione!” Secret Services in Germany from 1945 to 1956


15:30-16:00    Coffee Break


16:00-17:30    Panel II: Analysis and Strategy in Post-Cold War Crisis

Chair: Anna ABELMANN, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany

  • Gordan AKRAP, St. George Association, Croatia: Military Intelligence Estimates and Strategic Decisions – Case of Vukovar 1995
  • Jennifer DYBMAN, Sorbonne Nouvelle – University Paris 3, France: Influence and Intelligence
  • Or HONIG and Hagi KLEIN, Tel Aviv University, Israel: Explaining Variations on the Influence of the Mossad on Israel’s National Security Policies


17:30-18:00    Project Presentation: Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

Georgina Phipps, Taylor & Francis Group, UK


18:00: Conference Dinner

Restaurant “Zeitlos” (Museum of Military History)


SATURDAY, April 16, 2016

09:00-10:30    Young Researcher Forum (parallel workshops)


Chair: Charlotte BACKERRA, University of Mainz, Germany

  • János SZABADOS, University of Szeged, Hungary: „Three in one” – The Activity of a Habsburg Spy (Hans Caspar) in the Mid-17th Century
  • Titus van de KERKE, Aberystwyth University, UK: GS III and the revolutionary Threat: a Case Study on the Influence of Wartime Military Intelligence on early civil Intelligence Organisations (WWI)
  • Élise REZSÖHAZY, University of Louvain, Belgium: German Secret Police Agents in Occupied France and Belgium (WWI)



Chair: Eva JOBS, University of Marburg, Germany

  • Jeremy STÖHS, University of Graz, Austria: Naval Military Intelligence in the Asian Pacific
  • Robert LACKNER, University of Graz, Austria: The Alien Factor in US Military Intelligence Service: Austrian “Ritchie Boys” during WWII
  • Nikoloz KHATIASHVILI, Tbilisi State University, Georgia: The Role of the US Intelligence Agcencies during the Cuban Missile Crisis



Chair: Falko BELL, University of Mainz, Germany

  • Jakub SZUMSKI, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland: Unfortunate Spay. The Story of Jens Ellekaer
  • Ivan Baric, Croatian Defence Academy, Croatia: Lower Echelon Military Intelligence during the Homeland War in Croatia – Case Studiy of the Karlovac Battlefield in 1991
  • Chikara HASHIMOTO, University of Sharjah, UAE: History of the Lebanese Sureté Générale


10:30-11:00    Coffee Break


11:00-12:30 Panel III: Military Intelligence during World War I

Chair: Wolfgang KRIEGER, University of Marburg, Germany

  • Christian DEUBNER, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany: Ludwig Deubner’s Role in the Field of Signals Intelligence in the German Army, 1914-1915
  • Emmanuel DEBRUYNE, University of Louvain, Belgium: „Geheime Feldpolizei“ and Counterintelligence Operations in Occupied Countries, 1914-1918
  • Harry RICHARDS, Keele University, UK: SIGINT and Counter-Insurgency: Room 40 and the German Intrigue in Morocco during the First World War


12:30-14:00 Lunch Break


14:00-15:30 Panel IV: German Military Intelligence before 1945

Chair: Magnus PAHL, Museum of Military History Dresden, Germany

  • Markus PÖHLMANN, Centre for Military History and Social Science of the German Armed Forces, Germany: Open Source Intelligence in German Armed Forces, 1871-1945: Origins – Scope – Limitations
  • Florian ALTENHÖNER, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany: The Abwehr’s „Geheime Meldedienst“, 1919-1933
  • Jonathan BEST, Queen’s University Belfast, UK: Spying on the Rock: An Assessment of Abwehr Espionage and Sabotage Operations Against Gibraltar during the Second World War


15:30-16:00    Coffee Break


16:00-18:00 Panel V: World War II

Chair: Gordan AKRAP, St. George Association, Croatia

  • Philipp VOGLER, Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Germany: From Above: Aerial Reconnaissance and Photography at the Eastern Front during World War II
  • Christian ROSSÉ, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland: Possibilities vs. Intentions: Analytical Frameworks of the Swiss Intelligence Service during World War II
  • Stephen TYAS, Historian (ret.), UK: Cat and „Mouse“ in Wartime Switzerland: Which SS officer did British Intelligence Turn into an Agent?
  • Nicola TONIETTO, University of Trieste, Italy: Nazi and Fascist Espionage and Sabotage in Allied Occupied Italy, 1943-1945


18:00-19:00    Membership Meeting 2016


19:30   Conference Dinner

Restaurant Quality Hotel Plaza Dresden (Königsbrückerstr. 121 a, right across from the  Museum)



Sunday, April 17, 2016

09:00-11:00    Panel VI: Espionage and Counterespionage in Times of War

Chair: Anna DAUN, University of Cologne, Germany

  • Bastian WALTER-BOGEDAIN, University of Wuppertal, Germany: Espionage and Counterespionage during the Burgundian Wars (1468-1477)
  • Hayim ISEROVICH, Bar Ilan University, Israel: The Role of Military Intelligence during the Northern Ireland Counterinsurgency Campaign
  • Michael HERMAN, Nuffield College Oxford, UK: Teufelsberg: Cold War Intelligence in the Front Line


11:00-11:30    Coffee Break


11:30-13:00    Panel VII: The Future of Military Intelligence: Methods, Trends and Challenges

Chair: Ephraim Lapid, Bar Ilan University, Israel

  • Shai SHABTAI, IDF Col. (ret.), Israel: Can Information Technology Solve Cooperation Problems within Intelligence Communitites?
  • Nathaniel L. MOIR, State University of New York, Albany, USA: Future Utility of Military Intelligence
  • Cees WIEBES, Sen. Analyst (ret.), National Coordinator of Counter-Terrorism, The Netherlands: The Leader of the Dutch CIA/OSO-CIA Team in Romania


13:00-13:30    Closing Remarks

Michael WALA, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany

Magnus PAHL, Museum of Military History Dresden, Germany


13:30              Guided Tour at the Museum’s Exhibition: „Achtung Spione“ – Intelligence Services in Germany 1945-1956 by Magnus PAHL