Intelligence Project Fall 2020 Study Group

| Sep. 02, 2020

Concerned about disinformation and election meddling? Interested in how intelligence informs policy? Curious about what separates espionage fact from fiction? 

If so, apply for the Intelligence Project Fall Study Group!

The Intelligence Study Group is designed for students considering careers in government or private sector intelligence, as well as for those interested in a broad introduction to intelligence as applied in business and government decision-making. Over the course of 10 sessions, participants will become familiar with intelligence history, methodology, organizations and practice. The Study Group will use historical examples (‘Applied History’), current readings, and discussion to examine how intelligence enhances policy decision-making, where it fails, and the differences between intelligence in liberal democracies and one-party states.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays from 4:15-5:30pm over zoom and will be led by former senior CIA officer Paul Kolbe, Director of the Belfer Center Intelligence Project, and Intelligence Historian, Calder Walton, Belfer Intelligence Project Director of Research.


Participation is limited to 20 students determined by application. The study group is open to all Harvard students, faculty, fellows, and staff; however, preferential seating will be designated for current Harvard Kennedy School graduate students. No prior experience with, or knowledge of, the topic is necessary. Participation in discussion and weekly attendance is highly encouraged. As with all Intelligence Project seminars, the study group operates under Chatham House Rules.

To apply, please send your CV and a short (1 paragraph) statement of interest using the form below. The application window will run from Thursday, September 3 to Friday, September 11. Determinations and notification of acceptance will be made Monday, September 14. 

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For Academic Citation: Chase, Caitlin.“Intelligence Project Fall 2020 Study Group.” Announcement, , September 2, 2020.

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