Call for papers: From Russia with Love


Call for papers: From Russia with Love – the study of intelligence meets IR (International Relations)

Panel on the study of espionage at the XVIII Nordic Political Science Congress in Odense, Denmark, 8-11 August, 2017

Textbooks for students about theories of international relations are remarkably silent on the topic of espionage. This is a serious flaw, because the state practice of espionage has affected decisions and outcomes in world affairs. For instance, the Iraq war is often seen as an intelligence failure; or take the Korean War – the Americans knew about the Soviet air support for North Korea from their intelligence. So this workshop seeks to remedy this flaw by bringing Nordic scholars together – those who study intelligence practices of selected states or non-state actors. As the two chairpersons represent two vital disciplines within the study of intelligence – political science and history, respectively – this is a workshop that is open to multidisciplinary papers and debates. Indeed, our ambition is to further cross-fertilization and perhaps launch a joint publication if the participants feel it makes sense.

So the workshop invites papers dealing with any topic within the field of intelligence studies. Studies of Russian and Soviet espionage are indeed welcome as indicated through the title of the workshop, but so are studies of contemporary Chinese espionage activity, studies of private intelligence actors, industrial espionage as an issue within IPE (International Political Economy), Stasi studies, covert CIA action just to mention a few of the multiple relevant issues. One paper will be devoted to reflecting upon the broader approaches within the study of IR (realism, liberalism, constructivism, the English school, geo-economics) as well as the agent-principal approach known from administrative science and their possible application upon the phenomenon of espionage. Such a macro-perspective upon the field might serve the didactic purpose of opening the teaching of IR to intelligence studies.

If you would like to present a paper, do contact the two chairpersons:

Mette Skak and Thomas Wegener Friis

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