Intelligence And Statecraft

Intelligence And Statecraft

by Peter Jackson
     
 

Intelligence has never been a more important factor in international affairs than it is today. Since the end of the Second World War, vast intelligence bureaucracies have emerged to play an increasingly important role in the making of national policy within all major states. One of the biggest problems within the contemporary thinking about intelligence and

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Intelligence has never been a more important factor in international affairs than it is today. Since the end of the Second World War, vast intelligence bureaucracies have emerged to play an increasingly important role in the making of national policy within all major states. One of the biggest problems within the contemporary thinking about intelligence and international relations is a lack of historical context. Observers routinely comment on the challenges facing intelligence communities without reflecting on the historical forces that have shaped these communities over the past two centuries. As presented in this volume, new perspectives on the evolution of intelligence services and intelligence practice over the past 200 years can only enrich ongoing debates over how best to reform national intelligence structures.

The practices of war and international politics were transformed by the conflicts of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. One of the most important outcomes of this transformation was the gradual emergence of permanent and increasingly professionalized intelligence services within the military and foreign policy establishments of the Great Powers. The contributions in this volume consider the causes and consequences of this trend as well as its impact on war, strategy, and statecraft. The rise of permanent intelligence bureaucracies has combined with technological progress to transform practices of intelligence collection and analysis that have remained essentially unchanged since the Roman era. Ultimately, however, the nature and limits of intelligence have remained constant, rendering intelligence little or no more effective in reducing uncertainty at the opening of the 21st century than in centuries past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275972950
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Historical reflections on the uses and limits of intelligence11
2Poor intelligence, flawed results : Metternich, Radetzky, and the crisis-management of Austria's "occupation" of Ferrara in 184753
3Sanctioned spying : the development of the military attache in the nineteenth century87
4Russian intelligence and the Younghusband expedition to Tibet109
5Training thieves : the instruction of "efficient intelligence officers" in pre-1914 Britain127
6The Royal Navy, war planning, and intelligence assessments of Japan, 1921-1941139
7Soviet intelligence on Barbarossa : the limits of intelligence history157
8Operation Matchbox and the scientific containment of the USSR173
9Seeing the Cold War from the other side : the Stasi and the evolution of West Germany's Ostpolitik, 1969-1974207

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