Intelligence Studies, Academia and Professionalization

Richards, Julian (2016) Intelligence Studies, Academia and Professionalization. The International Journal of Intelligence, Security and Public Affairs, 18 (1). pp. 20-33. ISSN 2380-0992

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Intelligence studies has grown tremendously as an academic 5 discipline in recent years. At key international conferences in the field, such as the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention, there is not only a broad range of topics under discussion, but attendance by a good mix of academics and practitioners. In many ways, this reflects the broadening and deepening of security actors in the post-Cold War world. But this depth and breadth poses interesting challenges for the discipline: Should it be an interdisciplinary field of study or a more defined and prescribed discipline? Perhaps more importantly, is intelligence studies an adjunct to the intelligence sector or a critical commentator on it? This article seeks to address these questions, arguing for a broad, interdisciplinary approach that combines critical education about intelligence with equipping prospec- tive policymakers with professional skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disciplinarity; education; intelligence; interdisciplinarity; security
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
Depositing User: Julian Richards
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 16:29

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