Below are several events that may be of interest to intelligence scholars.

June 01, 2020

NASIH Graduate Essay Prize in Intelligence History

The North American Society for Intelligence History announces its graduate student essay prize in intelligence history. The top two papers will be presented at the 2021 NASIH Conference.​
The top paper written by a male and the top paper written by a female will be awarded $250 (CDN) this year. The winners will also have access to $1000 for travel and accommodation to the 2021 Conference in Washington DC. The winning papers will be published in The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies.

Both papers will also be published in the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies. 

Papers are to be submitted to Dr. John Ferris at All papers must deal with a topic related to intelligence history. Papers must be between 20-25 pages. Papers over 25 pages will be excluded.


Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2020

June 30, 2020

Bobby R. Inman Award Student Competition Open

The Bobby R. Inman Award for Student Scholarship recognizes outstanding research and writing by students at the undergraduate or graduate levels on topics related to intelligence and national security.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited U.S. higher education institution during the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to participate. A student may submit only one paper that has not been published previously.

For the full details and how to submit, please visit the website.

July 01, 2020

Call For Papers: Postdam Missions Conference

Call for Papers for the 2nd “The Potsdam Missions: the Story beyond the Bridge of Spies.”

October 02-03 2020, Army History Museum, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia


The Potsdam Missions—BRIXMIS, FMLM, USMLM—performed two functions in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) during the Cold War: liaison between the respective Allied commands and the Group of Soviet Forces, Germany (GSFG); and collection of information related to GSFG readiness, manning, equipment and morale.


The first conference took place in Potsdam in June 2019 and was supported by several German government organizations based in Berlin, as well as the European Division of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). German academics, the US Army USAREUR Command Historian, and former British, French and American mission members. Submission guidelines. Papers and presentations will be submitted electronically along with an author’s biography that includes professional affiliation, contact information and any requirements association with the submission. Author should state whether the submission is for a paper, panel discussion or other format. The conference is open to different formats. The conference is being held on the 30 th anniversary of the closing of USMLM.

 Tri-Mission role and contribution
 GSFG, USAREUR and GDR relations
 The GDR State Security apparatus
 Allied intelligence operations in and/or against the GDR/GSFG
 Political/military activity connected to the GDR or GSFG
 Soviet/GDR intelligence in and/or against the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG)
 Soviet/GDR intelligence in and/or against USAREUR or Allied Forces.

Submission Deadline:

1 July 2020.

Judging Process and Standards:
Submissions will be judged on academic rigor, clear presentation, creativity, and the potential to contribute to the knowledge base on the Tri-Missions or the climate within which the Missions operated. A committee of experienced academics and former USMLM officers with a background in intelligence will review the submissions.

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