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Annual Conference 2013, 21-23 June, Athens

Intelligence in the Mediterranean and the Balkans

International Intelligence History Association (IIHA)
and the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)


21-23 June, 2013
The Titania Hotel, Athens, Greece

Friday, 21 June 2013
12:30-13:30   Registration

13:30-14:00   Welcome and Greetings
Shlomo SHPIRO (Chairman of the IIHA)
John NOMIKOS (Director of RIEAS)

14:00-16:00  Panel I – Early History to World War I
Chair: Ioannis ANASTASAKIS (Hellenic Airforce, ret.)

Rose Mary SHELDON (Virginia Military Institute, USA) Ambush in Greek Warfare
Eirini CHRISTINAKI (Athens, Greece): “Divine” Intelligence in Byzantium: The Metaphysical Information and its Interpretation within the Extracts of Histories (“Epitome Historian”) of Ioannis Zonaras
Tilman LUEDKE (Arnold Bergsträsser Institute, Germany):  A difficult Alliance: German Intelligence, the Ottoman Home Front and beyond, 1914-1918
Yigal SHEFFY (Tel Aviv University, Israel): Intelligence and Peace Negotiations: the British-Ottoman Experience in WWI16:00-16:30   Coffee Break

16:30-18:30   Panel II – World War II
Chair: Wolfgang KRIEGER (Marburg University)

Diego Navarro BONILLA (University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain): Not only Mare Nostrum: By Sea, Land and Sky: Italian Intelligence Operations during the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Erwin SCHMIDL (Insbruck University, Austria): The Life and Work of a German Agent in Istanbul – based on the recollections of Dr. Wilhelm Hamburger (Hendricks)
Valentin FILIP (Bucharest, Romania): Intelligence Transformation in the Past – The Case of Romania’s Special Intelligence Service during World War II
Maria ROBSON (University of Calgary, Canada): Signals in the Sea: The Value of Ultra Intelligence in the Mediterranean during World War II19:00-21:00   Conference Dinner and Keynote Speech
Award Ceremony of the Minas Nomikos Award for Security Research Excellence

Saturday, 22 June 2013
09:00-10:30   Panel III – World War II (continued)
Chair: Anna DAUN (University of Cologne)

Katrin PAEHLER (Illionis State University, USA): Nazi Foreign Intelligence, Italy, and Gender: Reevaluating Hildegard Beetz’ Role in the Ciano Affair
Daniela WELLNITZ (Johannes-Gutenberg-University. Mainz, Germany): Silence is Golden – The Servizio Informazioni Militaire and the Culture of Intelligence during Italian Fascism
Nickolaos MAVROMATES (RIEAS, Greece): The role of Greek Diaspora in intelligence operation during World War II – The case of Helias Dondulakis10:30-10:45   Coffee Break

10:45-12:45   Panel IV – The Cold War
Chair: Yu Chin CHENG (Charles University of Prague)

Thomas WEGENER FRIIS (University of Southern Denmark): East German Intelligence against Greece and Cyprus
Wesley JOHNSON (Athens, Greece): The Odyssey of Ali Hassan Salameh from Black September terrorist to CIA collaborator
Egemen BEZCI and Ali BALCI (Sakarya University, Turkey): An Intelligence-Cum Enemy?: The Depiction of the Soviets in Turkish Intelligence Reports in the 1950s
Helmut MÜLLER-ENGBERG (University of Southern Denmark): East German State Security and Albania12:45-14:00   Lunch Break (individual arrangements)

14:00-15:30   Panel V – Intelligence in the Mediterranean
Chair: Gerhard SCHMID (Germany)

Peter GILL (University of Liverpool, UK): Transition from authoritarian/conflict intelligence agencies to democratic control and oversight: the problem of parallel Organisations
Julian RICHARDS (University of Buckingham, UK): Terrorism in North Africa: Intelligence perspectives past and present
John GALATAS (Hellenic Army (Ret.), Greece): Olympic Intelligence: CBRN Preparations for the Athens Olympic Games
Chikara HASHIMOTO (University of Aberysthwyth, UK) International Intelligence Cooperation under “The Unknown Alliance”: Intelligence liaison, counter-subversion and the question of the Kurds under Central Treaty Organisation15:30-16:00   Coffee Break

16:00-17:30   Panel VI – Intelligence in the Balkans
Chair: Anna ABELMANN (Ruhr University of Bochum)
Gordon AKRAP (University of Zagreb, Croatia): Southeast Europe-Intelligence and Security Services battlefield?
Dejan MILETIC (Center for Globalization Studies (CGS), Serbia): Back to the future of the Serbian Intelligence Community
Ioannis KONSTANTOPOULOS (University of Piraeus, Greece): Intelligence and Democracy: The Case of Romania
Darja KOTUROVIC (University of Sheffield, UK): Regional security challenges in South East Europe: coping with criminal networks in Serbia

17:30-18:45   Panel VII – Intelligence Histories – Writing History and Learning from History
Chair: Michael HERMAN (Nuffield College Oxford)
Michael WALA (Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany): “The Official History Project of the German Security Service BfV”
Wolfgang KRIEGER (Marburg University, Germany): “The Official History Project of the German Intelligence Service BND”
Shlomo SHPIRO (Bar-Ilan University, Israel): Israeli Intelligence – Operational Lessons from Historical Analysis and the Preservation of Service Heritage
John NOMIKOS (RIEAS, Greece): The History of the Greek Intelligence Service

19:00-20:00   IIHA 2013 Members Annual Meeting (IIHA members only)

20:00   Conference Dinner

Sunday, 23 June 2013
09:00-10:45   Panel VII – 40 Years after the October 1973 Yom Kippur War
Chair: Michael WALA (Ruhr University of Bochum)
Efraim LAPID (IDF (ret.), Israel): Israeli intelligence between Victory and Surprise 1967-1973
Glen SEGELL (IINS, Israel): Intelligence Lessons from the 1973 Yom Kippur War
Adi FRIMARK (Bar Ilan University, Israel): Israelis Intelligence and the POWs and MIAs of the 1973 Yom Kippur War
Hayim ISROVICH (Maariv, Israel): British Intelligence and Libyan Support to the IRA 1973-1987

10:45-11:00   Coffee Break

11:00-13:00   Panel IX – Between Arab Spring and European Debt Crisis: Contemporary Intelligence and Security Issue in the Region
Chair: Grigoris BALAKOS (ret., Hellenic Police)

Alexander BLIGH (Ariel University, Israel): Encountering regional terror though an “honest broker” in light of the new political realities in the Middle East
Antonia DIMOU (Center for Strategic Studies, Jordan): Jordan and the Security Challenges of the Arab Spring
Andrew LIAROPOULOS (University of Piraeus, Greece): Intelligence in the age of Social Media: The implications of the Arab Spring for the Intelligence Community
Vlatko CVRTILA and Anita PERESIN (University of Zagreb, Croatia): Croatian Democratization and Intelligence Reforms13:00-14:00   Lunch Break (individual arrangements)

14:00-15:45   Panel X – Future Challenges for Intelligence in the Mediterraenean and the Balkans
Chair: Andre RANSON (French Armed Forces, ret.)
Michael HERMAN (Nuffield College Oxford, UK) Parallels between Government Intelligence and Statistics
Ron SCHLEIFER (Ariel University, Israel): Intelligence for PSYOP (psychological operations) – The Mediterranean Cultural Context
Thalia TZANETTI (RIEAS, Greece): When Intelligence Meets Civil Society Online
Tamir LIBEL (University of Dublin, Ireland): Looking for Meaning: Lessons from Mossad’s failed adaption to post-Cold War era, 1991-2011
Yu-Chin CHENG (Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic): Intelligence co-operation framework: Turkey access to the SCO

15:45-16:00   Closing words: John NOMIKOS and Shlomo SHPIRO

End of conference