100 Years of British Intelligence: From Empire to Cold War Globalisation

This conference coincides with the centenary of the founding of a permanent British intelligence service. The proceedings will explore the genesis, establishment and evolution of the intelligence services globally during several critical phases of the last hundred years: notably the two world wars, the Cold War, the years of imperial decline, the rise of transnational organised crime and the ‘war on terror'.  A major emphasis of the conference will be a comparative approach, contrasting the British experience with that of other states. Finally, the conference will seek to examine current challenges in light of historical experience, ensuring that the proceedings have contemporary relevance and specificity.

‘100 Years of British Intelligence’ is one of a succession of very successful conferences organised by the CIISS.  Earlier conferences, held in 2003, 2005, and 2007, generated special issues of Intelligence and National Security that were subsequently published in the Routledge Studies in Intelligence series.