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Annual Conference 2004, 4-6 June, Graz

The Eastern Dimension. Major Intelligence Issues in Central and Southeastern Europe since 1900

4-6 June 2004
Bildungshaus Mariatrost – Graz, Austria

Conference Organizer: Prof. Dr. Siegfried BEER (Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz)

Conference Program

Friday, 4 June 2004
12.30-14.00 Arrival and Registration

14.00 Welcome and Introduction
Siegfried BEER (Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz (KFUG))
Helmut KONRAD (Chairman, Institute of History, KFUG)
Walter HÖFLECHNER (Dean, Liberal Arts Faculty, KFUG)
Martin F. POLASCHEK (Vice-Rector, KFUG)

14.30 Panel I: “Germanic Matters” – Austria, Germany and South Tyrol
Chair: Siegfried BEER (Graz)
Martin MOLL (Graz): Knowing your Future Enemy: Austro-Hungarian Counter-Intelligence Activities prior to World War I. Unknown and Astonishing Insights at the Local Level
Oliver HEMMERLE (Mannheim, Germany): Unchanging Allegiance. The Case of Dr. Wilhelm Höttl
William A. STIVERS (Washington, D.C., USA): US Intelligence Perceptions of Internal Developments in the Soviet Zone of Occupation in Germany

16.00 Coffee Break

16.30 Panel I continued
Chair: Robert D. BILLINGER, Jr. (Wingate University)
Gerald STEINACHER (Bolzano, Italy): Nazi Loop Hole South Tyrol. Intelligence Experts and War Criminals Recycled?
Michaela KOLLER (Munich, Germany): [STASI Interests and Activities in the South Tyrol in the 1980s] (in German)
Kevin C. RUFFNER (Washington, D.C., USA): The Waldheim Affair Revisited: An Intelligence Failure?

18.30 Dinner

20.00 Keynote Address:
Robert D. STEELE (OSS.NET, Oakton, VA): The New Craft of Intelligence: A Retrospective History from 2020

Saturday, 5 June 2004
7.30-8.45 Breakfast

8.45 Panel II: From World War I to World War II
Matitiahu MAYZEL (Tel-Aviv): Russian/Soviet Intelligence and Balkan Strategy in the two World Wars
Herbert ROMERSTEIN (Washington, DC): Some New Insights into World War II History in the Light of the ISCOT Radio Intercepts
Maria MATUSU (Prague): SOE and Special Group D. Preparing Special Operations into the Protectorate, 1941.1945
John M. NOMIKOS (Athens): Greek Intelligence Services 1926-2003. Past, Present, Future

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Panel III: World War II and Early Postwar Intelligence Matters
Chair: Martin MOLL (Graz)
Ljuba DORNIK-SUBELJ (Ljubljana, Slovenia): Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence in Former Yugoslavia, 1941-1946
Jerca VODUSEK-STARIC (Maribor, Slovenia): The Concurrence of Allied (British) and Yugoslav (Slovene) Intelligence Aims and Activities, 1938-1950
Josip MOCNIK (Bowling Green, OH, USA): US-Yugoslav Relations and the Role of Intelligence in the Policy towards Yugoslavia
Pavel ZACEK (Prague, Czechoslovakia): The Origins and Development of the Czechoslovak Interior Ministry First Directorate. Communist Espionage in the 1950s. A Case Study
György GYARMATI (Budapest, Hungary): [The Secret Police in Hungary during the Rákosi Era, 1945-1956] (in German)

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Panel IV: At the Height of the Cold War
Chair: Wolfgang KRIEGER (Marburg)
Yuri TOTROV (Moscow): Western Intelligence Operations in Eastern Europe, 1945-1956
Richard CUMMINGS (Düsseldorf): The Ether War: Hostile Intelligence Activities Directed Against Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty
Donald STEURY (Washington, DC): Forearmed is not Forewarned: The CIA and the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968
Miroslav LEHKY (Bratislava): Father Premysl Coufal. The Death of a Catholic Priest in the Focus of the Secret Police in 1981

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Panel V: Late Cold War and Beyond
Chair: Michael WALA (Munich University)
Jordan BAEV (Sofia): Bulgarian Secret Services’ Role in the Southern Flank of Bi-polar Confrontion in Europe, 1945-1989
Kostadin GROZEV (Sofia): Regarding the Helsinki Final Act’s Third Basket: State Security Committee’s Actions against Intellectuals and Academics in Bulgaria, 1975-1989
Ben de JONG (Amsterdam): The KGB in Eastern Europe during the Cold War: some exploratory remarks
Cees WIEBES (Amsterdam): The Sigint War in Bosnia, 1992-1995

18.30 Dinner

20.00 Annual IIHA Membership Meeting

Sunday, 6 June 2004
8.00-9.15 Breakfast

9.15 Panel VI: The EU enlarged – New Challenges for the European Intelligence Community
Chair: Sigurd HESS (Rear Admiral, German Navy, retired)
Opening Statement: John M. NOMIKOS (RIEAS, Athens)
Gert-René POLLI (Austrian Internal Security Service, BVT, Austria)
Franz BERNDORFER (Brigardier, Austrian Military Intelligence, HNaA)
Marco GIACONI (Italian Defence Ministry, Rome, Italy)
Miroslav TUDJMAN (Zagreb, Croatia)
Marian GULA (Institute of National Memory Bratislava, Slovakia)
Todor BOJADJIEV (General; Member of Bulgarian Parliament, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Cees WIEBES (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Robert D. STEELE (OSS.NET, Oakton,VA, USA)

11.00 Coffee Break (short!!!)

11.15 Panel VI conned: General Discussion with Panelists

12.00 Conclusion of Conference: Resumé (KRIEGER/BEER)

12.30 Lunch

14.30 Historical Tour of Graz (optional)