Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2011
East Midlands Conference Centre
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RJ
Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory
Antony Field (University of Warwick) – The CIA and counter-terrorism intelligence
The 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks demonstrated that there were some clear deficiencies with the organisation of the West’s counter-terrorism intelligence community. In the aftermath of these attacks, there were moves to develop a more robust ‘counter-terrorism network’ that would facilitate better communication and intelligence sharing. While recent developments are to be welcomed, the reforms have not addressed some of the fundamental cultural, institutional and technological issues at the heart of the problem. The creation of an effective counter-terrorism network demands that information flows more freely through the intelligence community and that institutional boundaries are broken down. Until these obstacles have been overcome, the new counter-terrorism network will continue to be hampered by the same old problems of intelligence sharing.
Antony Field is a Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies. In August 2011 he will take up a post at University California San Bernadino. His main research interests lie in the area of intelligence, terrorism studies and security studies. Recent publications include: Tracking terrorist networks: problems of intelligence sharing within the UK intelligence community in Review of International Studies and ‘The “New Terrorism”: Revolution or Evolution?’ in Political Studies Review. His study of intelligence and counter-terrorism is forthcoming with Columbia University Press and will be published in 2012.
Contact details: Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL.