Past Events


  • Annual Lecture: Owen Bennett-Jones, 'Is Al-Qaeda winning?'



  • Special Lecture: The Rt Hon Dr Kim Howells, former chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, 'Security, Intelligence, Accountability and Government'
  • Annual Lecture: Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London, 'Tasking and Using:  the Coalition, the National Security Council, the Joint Intelligence Committeeand the Rhythm of British Intelligence'
  • Symposium: ‘British Intelligence, Spooks, and James Bond: A Diverse Approach to the Secret World'. Download the 2012 Symposium Programme


2009- 2010

  • Special Lecture: Gordon Barrass, formerly Foreign Office and Cabinet Office, 'How Intelligence Changed the Cold War and the Lessons for Today'
  • Annual Lecture: John Prados, the US National Security Archives, 'Prospects for Intelligence under the Obama Administration' (See videocast)



  • Annual Lecture: Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ and former UK Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator, 'Can we have the grin without seeing the cat: must the effectiveness of secret agencies fade under exposure of light' (a transcript of Sir Omand's Lecture is accessible in Intelligence and National Security , see videocast)


  • Annual lecture: Sir Michael Quinlan, former Permanent Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Director of Ditchley Park, 'Just Intelligence: Prolegomena to an Ethical Theory'
  • Gregynog Conference: 'Choices for Western Intelligence: The Security Challenges of the Twenty-first Century’ (Access the Programme here)