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Annual Conference 2016, April 15-17, Dresden

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