3 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Launch—Spies. The Epic Intelligence War between East and West by Calder Walton

Mon., June 5, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm


Putin’s war in Ukraine, Russian election meddling, deep-cover Russian “illegal” spies in the West, disinformation, overhead spy balloons, and assassinations—subjects that all make regular news headlines. When they do so, however, those headlines frequently lack their proper, long-term, context.

To bring historical perspective to these national security issues at the frontline of contemporary geopolitics, join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project for the launch of Calder Walton’s book, SPIES. The Epic Intelligence War between East and West, being published on June 6.

Described by Fiona Hill as “essential reading” and a “masterclass in twentieth century and contemporary history,” and by Christopher Andrew as a “masterpiece,” SPIES explores the clandestine struggle that has been raging between Russia and Western powers for a hundred years and counting. Its conclusions, however, go further than Russia in the past: they relate to the current unfolding intelligence conflict between China and the West. Chinese intelligence has taken up the mantle of the KGB— but taken espionage to new levels.

Calder Walton will present the principal findings of his book, followed by a  Question & Answer session with incoming Intelligence Project Director incoming Project Director Mark Pascale and Intelligence Project Fellows including Beth SannerNorman T. RouleRolf Mowatt-LarssenKristin Wood, and Jeff Fields.

This virtual event will take place on June 5 at 4:00PM EST. Calder Walton’s remarks will be on the record, but the Q&A will be under Chatham House rules. It will be open to the public, but registration is required. RSVP at the link below:


Seminar - Open to the Public

The Past, Present, and Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the American Intelligence Community

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Please join the Intelligence Project for a discussion on the history of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the U.S. intelligence community (IC). This session will discuss the findings of a forthcoming paper on the history of publicly known IC initiatives, studies, and policies alongside observations from current and former intelligence officials, academics, and senior military officers. In over seven decades of study after study, the U.S. Intelligence Community has identified a lack of diversity in the workforce as a problem. Beginning with a 1953 CIA report on women in the Agency, tellingly titled “The Petticoat Panel,” agencies have documented a lack of presence and opportunity for women, minorities, and other groups including people with disabilities. The paper reviews efforts of what has been done, what has succeeded, and what has failed. Together we will unpack why progress has been slow and underscore lessons from the past that can inform future approaches to reinforce America’s intelligence posture and meet challenging requirements.

The session will feature a discussion with Intelligence Project Fellow Jeff Fields from the FBI, and with experienced former intelligence officials Natalie Colbert, Belfer Center Executive Director; Kristin Wood, Intelligence Project Fellow, and Lori Roule, senior executive at Transparent Language.
It will be moderated by the report's authors: Dr. Michael Miner, Associate Fellow with the Intelligence Project, and Lindsay Temes, former military officer with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

This virtual event is open to the public and registration is required.