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The CIA & US Foreign Policy: Reform, Representations and New Approaches to Intelligence

20–21 February 2009
Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin


The “CIA and US Foreign Policy: Reform, Representations and New Approaches to Intelligence” conference took place on 20-21 February 2009 at the UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies. Scholars and practitioners from institutions in Europe, North America and the Middle East convened to debate historical and contemporary issues concerning the CIA and its relationship to US foreign policy. The event reflected the dynamic and interdisciplinary nature of intelligence studies, with scholars of diverse backgrounds from history to political science to cultural studies involved.

L-R Prof. Scott Lucas Dr. Kaeten Mistry Prof Richard J. Aldrich Prof Richard H. Immerman

L-R  Prof. Scott Lucas Dr. Kaeten Mistry Prof Richard J. Aldrich Prof Richard H. Immerman

Plenary and paper presentations debated a wide range of issues from the recent restructure in the American Intelligence Community and contemporary challenges, to historical reconsiderations of the Cold War. Fruitful discussion during the sessions continued into the evenings and final conference meal on the Saturday evening. The event was a tremendous success with proceedings currently being organised for publication.


Plenary speakers:

Professor Richard H. Immerman
Richard H. Immerman is Professor and Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History at Temple University and the Marvin Wachman Director of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. From 2007-2008 Professor Immerman was Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence of Analytic Integrity and Standards, and Analytic Ombudsman for the US Intelligence Community, where he was responsible for ensuring that all finished intelligence products were timely, objective, independent, comprehensive, and employed proper analytic tradecraft. Immerman has published widely on the CIA and US foreign policy and, during 2007, served as the fortieth President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Professor Richard J. Aldrich
Richard J. Aldrich is Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and is the author of several books including The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence which won the Donner Book prize in 2002 and was short-listed for the Westminster Medal. Since 2008 he has been leading an AHRC-funded project entitled: ‘Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the contested record of US foreign policy, 1947-2001’. He has held a Fulbright fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington DC and more recently has spend time in Canberra and Ottawa as a Leverhulme fellow while completing a book examining the impact of globalization upon intelligence services.

Additional speakers to be confirmed

Recent years have witnessed the largest restructure in the American intelligence community since the early years of the Cold War. This conference considers the historical and contemporary role of the Central Intelligence Agency in the formulation and implementation of American foreign relations. We invite papers and panels that address any aspect of the relationship between the CIA and US foreign policy from the creation of the Agency in 1947 up to the present day. There will be a particular, although by no means exclusive, attention to issues of Agency reform, representation and interaction, as well as new approaches to intelligence:

Reform, Renewal and Relevance



Approaches & Frames

We invite single paper and panel proposals for this conference. Please send an email to with the following information:

  1. Name, contact details and academic affiliation
  2. Paper title
  3. 200-300 word abstract
  4. Brief CV or biographical statement

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 11 January 2009

For queries or further information contact:
Dr. Kaeten Mistry
Clinton Institute for American Studies
Belfield House
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 716 1592

Registration Information

Registration fee includes a conference pack and admission to all conference seminars, plenary sessions, teas/coffees and lunch on Saturday.

A conference meal will take place on the evening of Saturday 21st February. For those interested in participating, an additional payment of €29 is to be made in advance or at the start of the conference.

Once you have filled in the necessary details, please return to:
Ms. Catherine Carey
Manager, Clinton Institute for American Studies
Belfield House
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Alternatively, email the form as an attachment to:

You will then receive confirmation of your booking.

Please copy the following information into a word document before completing and returning:

Payment can be made by cheque in advance or by cash at the start of the event

Accommodation & Food

Attendees are responsible for booking and paying their own accommodation.

Food on Campus

Aside from lunch on Saturday, other meals are not provided as part of the registration fee. Details of additional places to eat on campus are listed below and can be located on the UCD Campus Map.

There are a number of restaurants and snack bars also available on campus.


Plenary lectures:
Professor Richard H. Immerman (Temple University):
“The CIA and the Intelligence Community: Integration, Collaboration, and Competition”

Professor Richard J. Aldrich (University of Warwick):
“‘A Profoundly Disruptive Force’: The CIA and Globalization”

Full schedule: The CIA & US Foreign Policy: Reform, Representations and New Approaches to Intelligence Programme

How to get to University College Dublin and the UCD Clinton Institute

Registration and the conference will take place in the William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium at University College Dublin.
Delegates are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation.

Contact Details

Contact details are available on our contact page.


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