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As the world grows more complex, intelligence is increasingly relied on by leaders and policymakers to advance and defend their national interests. Simultaneously, the role of intelligence has expanded as the means and tools available have evolved to face new challenges and technologies.  

Rapid technological advancement, the changing nature of war, and the underlying lack of global security have focused increased policymaker attention on the means of intelligence to potentially solve complex problems.  

However, leaders have strained the traditional intelligence ethical norms in their search for solutions: whether to manipulate elections, silence dissent abroad, stoke low-intensity conflict, or to undermine the principle of objectivity.  

As intelligence impact continues to grow, there is a heightened risk of violating long-standing norms of behavior, i.e., established legal and/or moral and ethical boundaries that have historically constrained intelligence activity.  

The goal of this conference is to identify key moral and ethical questions to inform our consent as citizens as to the nature of current intelligence practices and future trends. 

The conference will consist of four sessions, a working lunch, and a reception. The morning sessions will focus on the purpose, role, and constraints of intelligence as a lever of statecraft while the afternoon sessions will address the moral and ethical questions raised by the means of intelligence.  

8:00AM Registration and Breakfast


8:45AM Opening Remarks

Intelligence Project Director Rolf Mowatt-Larssen 


9:00AM Session I: The Politicization of Intelligence, Dissent, & Disclosure 

Panelists: The Honorable Mike Rogers, David Sanger, Valerie Plame, Andrei Soldatov



10:45AM Session II: The History & Morality of Espionage 

Panelists: Andrei Soldatov, Calder Walton, Paul Kolbe, Asaf Lubin

12:15PM Working Lunch: Contemporary Issues in Intelligence with the Recanati-Kaplan Fellows


1:30PM  Session III: Covert Action & The Rule of Law 

Panelists: The Honorable Mike Rogers, Robert Eatinger, Bernard Hudson, Valerie Plame



3:15PM Session IV: Intelligence in the Information Age 

Panelists: Elsa Kania, Michael Sulmeyer, Christopher Bing, Amy Zegart, moderated by Eric Rosenbach

4:45PM Concluding Remarks


5:00PM Reception with hor d'oeuvres and open bar


The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent at the New York Times

Valerie Plame, Career Covert Operations Officer for the CIA 

Robert Eatinger, Former Senior Deputy General Counsel of the CIA

Bernard Hudson, Former Chief of Counterterrorism for the CIA 

Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Paul Kolbe, Director of Intelligence at BP

Dr. Michael Sulmeyer, Senior Fellow with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service

Dr. Amy Zegart, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution & CISAC/Stanford University and Contributing editor at The Atlantic

Andrei Soldatov, Journalist, Author, and Russian security services expert

Christopher Bing, Cybersecurity Reporter for Reuters 

Elsa Kania, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security; Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Dr. Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in History and Politics

Asaf Lubin, Lecturer, Yale University; Postdoctoral Cybersecurity Fellow, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts

Hosted by:

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Director of the Intelligence Project and Former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at DOE

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