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We are proud to present

The book is the result of the conference "Telling the truth to power: the past, present end future of militairy inteliigence" organised by NISA in cooperation with the Netherlands Defense and Inteliigence and Security Service (DISS) in september 2014.

Perspectives on Military Intelligence from the First World War to MaliBetween Learning and Law

Editors: Floribert Baudet, Eleni Braat, Jeoffrey van Woensel and Aad Wever

Many intelligence practitioners feel that the statutory footing on which intelligence agencies have been placed forms an impediment to confronting unprecedented contemporary challenges. On the basis of case studies spanning the period from the First World War to the present, this book argues that while the intelligence community in the era of globalization has indeed come to face new and complex challenges that require adaptation,operating in demanding and changing environments is not new at all. This book questions the conventional wisdom of 9/11 or the end of the Cold War as caesurae. It also argues that the ability to adapt, innovate, question and learn from past experience is crucial for the success of intelligence organizations, rather than ever-expanding funding.
Agencies’ ability to reflect, adapt and learn from experience determines their subsequent capability to deliver. One key development resulting from globalization is the marked increase in cooperation between intelligence agencies of different countries on the one hand, and between investigative agencies and intelligence agencies on the other. This has led to concerns over human rights and privacy and to increased calls for accountability and improved oversight as the increase in cooperation between organizations operating globally also provides scope for the circumvention of domestic restrictions.
This book proposes an instrument to assess the effectiveness of existing accountability arrangements and offers new insights into the role of (military) intelligence in anumber of crises, e.g., the 1962 Cold War confrontation over Western New Guinea, and the functioning of intelligence in peacekeeping operations ranging from Srebrenica to Mali.
Thematically comprehensive, it offers a mixture of historical, legal, operational, and policy aspects, analyzed through the lens of institutional learning, bringing together academic and practitioners’ perspectives. The focus lies not only on the familiar Anglo-Saxon experiencebut also on cases from India, the Netherlands, South East Asia, Bosnia, Lebanon, and Mali.
The book is aimed at both scholars and practitioners studying and/or working in the field of civil and military intelligence, and those involved in international relations and international humanitarian law/human rights law. It brings together contributions from authors who spoke at the Conference to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service, organized by the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association(NISA), and from a number of authors who were specifically invited to participate.


1 Military Intelligence: From Telling Truth to Power to Bewilderment?......................................... Floribert Baudet, Eleni Braat, Jeoffrey van Woensel and Aad Wever

2 ‘Espionage Is Practised Here on a Vast Scale’. The Neutral Netherlands, 1914–1940 ................................... Wim Klinkert

3 Intelligence and the Sino-Indian War of 1962.................. Prem Mahadevan

4 Western Intelligence and Covert Soviet Military Aid to Indonesia During the 1962 West New Guinea Crisis..................... David Easter

5 Postmodern Intelligence: Strategic Warning and Crisis Management ............................................ Chong Guan Kwa

6 The Revolution in Intelligence Affairs: Problem Solved? ......... Minne Boelens

7 Blindfolded in the Dark. The Intelligence Position of Dutchbat in the Srebrenica Safe Area ................................ Cees Wiebes, Jeoffrey van Woensel and Aad Wever

8 Achieving Understanding in Contemporary UN Peace Operations: The Joint Mission Analysis Centre ................ Reynaud Theunens

9 The Evolution of Peacekeeping Intelligence: The UN’s Laboratory in Mali ....................................... Sebastiaan Rietjens and A. Walter Dorn

10 Intelligence Accountability in a Globalizing World. Towards an Instrument of Measuring Effectiveness ....................... Eleni Braat and Floribert Baudet

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Recensie van

Serhii Plokhy, The Man with the Poison Gun.

door Ben de Jong

The Man with the Poison Gun van Serhii Plokhy belicht een minder bekende maar historisch belangrijke affaire, namelijk die van Bogdan Stasjinski. Stasjinski was een door de KGB opgeleide hitman die in de tweede helft van de jaren ’50 in West-Duitsland twee liquidaties op zijn naam heeft gebracht van erkende tegenstanders van het Sovjet regime, de Oekraïense nationalistische leiders Lev Rebet en Stepan Bandera.






Onvoltooid manuscript Frans Kluiters, 2006

Bewerking Etienne Verhoeyen, 2016

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NISA 25th anniversary conference 1991 - 2016


Intelligence Analysis in a Changing Environment

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016 in The Hague

On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016 the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA)
celebrated its 25th anniversary with an inspiring two-days conference. Main theme was the strongly
changed environment of the intelligence analyst during these past 25 years.

In other words: the 25th anniversary as a symbol for the revolutionary changes in the intelligence world
with which analysts have to deal; both external developments (the onset of a multipolar world, asymmetric conflicts, the information revolution), and internal changes (in collecting, processing,
dissemination,legitimization and supervision).

These developments forced intelligence analysts and organisations to adapt work processes and methods and techniques. Intelligence analysts still mostly operate in secret, but the demands of intelligence consumers and the public have changed over the last 25 years. Social and technological developments have changed the playing field and the rules of the game for the intelligence analyst, leading to an enormous growth in
(publicly) available information and means of communication, and demands for more transparency and accountability. Aim of the conference is to touch on the consequences of this changed environment, and to look ahead.

The Conference was held at the Nationaal Archief (the National Archive),
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 20,
The Hague, the Netherlands


Onlangs verschenen nieuwe boeken van NISA-leden
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Sporen van Spionage

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Nieuwe NISA publicatie die werd gepresenteerd op
Social Media Intelligence Conferentie op 7 maart 2014

Sporen van Spionage is samengesteld door voormalig BVD-historicus Dick Engelen en historicus Constant Hijzen. Het is een fraai geïllustreerd overzicht van lokaties in Nederland die in de twintigste eeuw iets te maken hebben gehad met spionage en geheime diensten uit binnen- en buitenland. Het wordt uitgegeven door uitgeverij Karwansaray in Zutphen.

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Van de hand van NISA-leden verschenen al eerder de bundels Duister Den Haag en Duister Amsterdam. Deze boekjes namen de lezer mee langs prachtige gevels waarachter in het verleden iets met spionage, contraspionage of andere activiteiten van inlichtingen- en veiligheidsdiensten van doen is geweest. Nu zijn Den Haag en Amsterdam niet de enige steden in Nederland waar het inlichtingenwerk zijn sporen heeft nagelaten. Door heel Nederland zijn er lieux de mémoire te vinden die getuigen van verleden spionageactiviteiten.

De Stichting Inlichtingen Studies Nederland is bij de Kamer van Koophandel Haaglanden in
Den Haag ingeschreven onder nummer: 41157022.
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