Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

30.03.-01.04.2017, Konferenz, DHI Washington

The Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Historical Institute and the Intenational Intelligence History Association are delighted to invite you to the jointly organized conference on "Creating and Challenging the Transatlantic Intelligence Community". Please register for the conference by email to the IIHA Executive Director at exec_director(at) before 23 March 2017. The conference fee is 150 € / 165 US-Dollar for non-members, 110 € / 120 US-Dollar for IIHA members and 75 € / 80 US-Dollar for students. This includes dinners on Thursday and Friday as well as coffee breaks during the conference and a snack lunch on Saturday.


THURSDAY, 30 March 2017 (Woodrow Wilson Center)

12:00 – 12:30 Registration 

12:30 – 13:00 Welcome and Opening 

Christian OSTERMANN (Director, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

Thomas BOGHARDT (U.S. Army Center of Military History, USA)

Michael WALA (Ruhr-University of Bochum/IIHA, Germany) 

13:00 – 14:00 Panel I: From World War to Cold War and Beyond 

Chair: Anna DAUN (Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany)

  • Huw DYLAN (King’s College London, UK): “Deceiving Ourselves? The Transatlantic Struggle to Learn the Lessons of World War Two Deception and Apply them to the Cold War”
  • Michael HERMAN (Nuffield College Oxford, UK): “What Difference did it Make? Cold War Intelligence from a Todays’ Point of View” 

14:00 – 14:15 Coffee Break 

14:15 – 16:15 Panel II: Exchanging Intelligence, Exchanging Data 

Chair: Matthew AID (Washington D.C, USA) (tentative)

  • John FOX (FBI Historian, USA): “Foreign Counterintelligence Cooperation and the Transatlantic Intelligence Community”
  • Jens WEGENER (Montclair State University, USA): “A Many-Headed Beast: The CIA’s Project HYDRA and the Dawn of the Information Age in the Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation”
  • Verena DIERSCH (University of Cologne, Germany): “Digital Network Intelligence in a Transatlantic Organizational Field and Cooperation between NSA, BND, and BfV”
  • Samantha HOSSACK (University of Calgary, Canada): “Coopetition and the Istanbul Summit: The Development of NATO’s Cooperative but Competitive Intelligence Sharing Program” 

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break 

16:30 – 18:30 Panel III: Transatlantic Intelligence and Eastern Europe 

Chair: André RANSON (Lt.-Gen. ret., Ministry of Defence, France)

  • Mark STOUT, Katalin KADAR LYNN (Johns Hopkins University, USA): “Failed Transatlantic Liaison: Early Cold War Paper Mills and the Case of the MHBK (Association of Hungarian Veterans)”
  • Gordan AKRAP, Miroslav TUDJMAN (St. George Association, Croatia): “The Cooperation of US and Croatian Intelligence Services in the 1990s and the Crisis in South East Europe”
  • Enrico HEITZER (Brandenburg Memorial Foundation, Germany): “The Fighting Group against Inhumanity: Spying and Destabilizing the GDR”
  • Nicholas J. SCHLOSSER (US Army Center of Military History, USA): “The East German Campaign against Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin, 1953-1961” 

19:00   Keynote Address

to be announced 

20:00   Dinner 


FRIDAY, 31 March 2016 (Woodrow Wilson Center) 

9:00 – 10:30 Young Researchers’ Forum I

Chair: Charlotte BACKERRA, (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

  • Susan PERLMAN (American University Washington DC, USA): “Franco-American Intelligence Cooperation and the Beginning of the Global Cold War”
  • Constant HIJZEN (Leiden University, The Netherlands): “Our American friends: The Genesis of the Dutch-American Intelligence Liaison” 

9:00 – 10:30 Young Researchers’ Forum II

Chair: Anna ABELMANN (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany)

  • Christopher KIRCHBERG (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany): “The Computerization of the German Intelligence Service: Starting Point for a New Level of Transatlantic Intelligence Partnership“
  • Tobias SCHMITT (University of Freiburg, Germany): “U.S. Intelligence and the Nascent Transatlantic Security Architecture of the Cold War: The Case of the Gesellschaft für Wehrkunde
  • Daniel PRONK (Netherlands Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands): “Sharing the Burden, Sharing the Secrets. The Fulcrum of Transatlantic Intelligence Cooperation” 

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break 

10:45 – 11:45 Panel IV: Transatlantic Intelligence and the Two Germanys 

Chair: Richard BREITMAN (American University, USA) (tentative)

  • Kevin Conley RUFFNER (CIA, USA): “’Our Work in the Soviet Zone of Germany has been nothing but Interminable Delays, Restrictions, Bargaining and Suspicion’: U.S. Army Graves Registration Operations in East Germany 1945-1956”
  • Kristie MACRAKIS (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA): “The Hazards of Intelligence Cooperation: The Case of the Berlin Tunnel & George Blake” 

12:00-13:00 Panel V: Perceptions of US-German Intelligence Relations 

Chair: Tim NAFTALI (New York University, USA)

  • Dorle HELLMUTH (Catholic University of America, USA): “German-U.S. Intelligence Cooperation: Reliable Allies despite Differences”
  • Bodo HECHELHAMMER (BND Historian, Germany): “[…] to give the Germans a broad picture of the US […]“: The Secret US Training and Visiting Program by the CIA

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break 

14:30 – 16:00 Panel VI: Anglo-American Signals Intelligence Relationship: 

Evolution and Lessons 

Chair: John FERRIS (University of Calgary, Canada)

  • David J. SHERMAN (National Security Agency, USA): “From Improvisation to Permanence: British and American Signals Intelligence, 1941-1955: An American Perspective”
  • Tony COMER (Government Communications Headquarters, UK): “From Improvisation to Permanence: British and American Signals Intelligence, 1941-1955 – A British Perspective”
  • Michael WARNER (US Department of Defense, USA): “Transformation and Intelligence Liaison” 

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break  

16:15-17:45 Panel VII: UK-USA Intelligence: Past, Present, Future 

Chair: Bernd SCHAEFER (Woodrow Wilson Center, USA)

  • Chris MORAN (University of Warwick, UK): “Anglo-American Co-operation and the Future of Intelligence”
  • David GIOE (US Military Academy at West Point, USA): “The 1946 UK-USA Agreement: The Mustard Seed of Transatlantic Cyber Operations?”
  • Calder WALTON (Harvard University, USA): “For your Eyes only: The UK-US ‘Special’ Intelligence Relationship and Changing Strategic Threats in the Twentieth Century” 

18:00-19:00 Looking Beyond the Obvious:

  • Shlomo SHPIRO (Bar Ilan University, Israel, Chairman of the IIHA): “Cooperation Beyond the Transatlantic”
  • Bodo W. BECKER (Federal Institution for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany): “Protecting the Economy” (tentative title) 

20:00 Dinner


SATURDAY, 1 April, 2016 (German Historical Institute)

9:00-9:30         Welcome by GHI Director Simone LÄSSIG 

9:30-11:30: Panel VIII: German Integration in the Transatlantic Intelligence Community

Chair: Simone LÄSSIG (Director German Historical Institute, USA)

  • Wolfgang KRIEGER (University of Marburg, Germany): “The BND as a Western Intelligence Partner, 1948-1968”
  • Michael WALA (Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany): “Hunting the ‘Red Orchestra’ after 1945 and the Creation of a Transatlantic Intelligence Community”
  • Thomas BOGHARDT (U.S. Army Center of Military History, USA): “Semper Vigilis: The U.S. Army Security Agency Europe in Early Cold War Germany”
  • Eva JOBS (University of Marburg, Germany): “Trust, Lies, and Science: The Polygraph as a Transatlantic Intelligence Challenge” 

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break  

11:45 – 12:45 Keynote Address 

  • Joseph WIPPL (former CIA Chief of Europe Division/Boston University, USA): “Unilateral v. Multilateral Liaison: The Future of Transatlantic Intelligence” 

12:45-13:00 Closing Remarks 

13:00 Lunch at German Historical Institute


Anna Abelmann

Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Historisches Institut,