Intelligence on the Frontier Between State and Civil Society

1st Edition

Karen Lund Petersen, Kira Vrist Rønn

December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 140 Pages
ISBN 9780367441685 - CAT# 345766

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Intelligence on the Frontier Between State and Civil Society shows how today’s intelligence practices constantly contest the frontiers between normal politics and security politics, and between civil society and the state.

Today’s intelligence services stand before a difficult task of having to manage the uncertainties associated with new threats by inviting civil actors in to help, while also having to uphold their own institutional authority and responsibility to act in the interest of the nation. This volume provides different perspectives: One is at the level of managerial practices of intelligence collection and communication; another is in the increased use of new forms of data, i.e. of social media information; and a third is the expansion of intelligence practices into new areas of concern, e.g. cybersecurity and the policing of (mis-) information. This book addresses exactly these three levels and all chapters shine more light on the in- and exclusion of civil society in the secret world of intelligence.

Scrutinizing how intelligence services balance the inclusion of civil society in security tasks on one hand and the need to uphold their institutional authority on the other hand Intelligence on the Frontier Between State and Civil Society will be of great interest to scholars of Security Studies and Intelligence Studies. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Intelligence and National Security.

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