This course traces the evolution of intelligence organizations from the ancient world to today. We explore the development of organizations specifically tasked with the mission of collecting, assessing, and reporting information useful for successful statecraft. As part of this process we identify the purpose, methods, and problems associated with the intelligence function. The primary focus will be on the western world, but some attention will be paid to non-western examples as well. There will be especial attention paid to the problems inherent to the development of clandestine organizations in democratic republics and the eternal conflict between security and transparency.
Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion