NASIH Virtual Brown Bag on Zoom
We are proud to introduce our new Virtual Brown Bag on Zoom. All talks take place on
Tuesdays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern. Presentations can take the form of talks on upcoming projects, unpublished work, published articles or published books. We expect all participants to read any relevant material before the meeting.
To register as a brown bag participant please E-mail Mallory Needleman at
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The last Tuesday of every month is reserved for our new fiction book club called The Silent Game. For more information see the link on the website or E-mail ,
BROWN BAGS 2020
April 21, 2020, Calder Walton Ph.D., “Spies are Fighting a Shadow War against the
Coronavirus.” Calder Walton is the Director of Research, Intelligence Project, Assistant
Director, Applied History Project, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
The paper was originally published in Foreign Policy.
May 5, 2020, Nicholas Reynolds Ph.D., “Some Reflections on American Intelligence in
World War II.” Nicholas Reynolds is a retired US intelligence officer and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961. This is a draft chapter in his forthcoming book on World War II intelligence.
May 19, 2020, Thomas Rid Ph.D., Active Measures: The Secret History of
Disinformation and Political Warfare. Thomas Rid is a Professor of Strategic Studies at
John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He discusses his new book.
June 2, 2020, Aaron Bateman. “Technological Wonder and Strategic Vulnerability:
Satellite Reconnaissance and American National Security During the Cold War.” Aaron
Bateman is a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University. This is an article recently
published in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence.
June 16, 2020, Mark Stout Ph.D. “The Enduring Influence of the United States’
Intelligence Efforts in World War I.” Mark Stout is the Director of the MA in Global
Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences,
Advanced Academic Programs. This is a draft chapter in his forthcoming book on World
War I. Guest Chair Michael Warner.
June 30, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
June 30, 2020, Francesco Cacciatore, Ph.D. “US Covert Strategy in Europe in the
Early Cold War: Italy as an Argument for Coordination and Flexibility.” Francesco
Cacciatore holds a PhD in History (2017) from the University of Westminster (UK),
where he is a Visiting Lecturer. His article is part of a larger study of US strategy in
Europe during the first decade of the Cold War.
July 14, 2020, Eastern: Joseph Caddell Jr., Ph.D. “Corona Over Cuba: The Missile
Crisis and the Early Limitations of Satellite Imagery Intelligence.” Joseph Caddell is
Adjunct Assistant Professor, European Academic Centre, National Intelligence
University. The article was recently published in Intelligence and National Security.
Guest Chair Mark Stout.
July 21, 2020, Eastern: Stephen Long, Ph.D. “CIA-MI6 psychological warfare and the
subversion of communist Albania in the early Cold War.” Stephen Long is a Lecturer in
International Relations at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. This article was recently
published in Intelligence and National Security. Guest Chair Roderick Bailey.
July 28, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
August 11, 2020, Susan Perlman, Ph.D. “Contesting France: Intelligence and Foreign
Policy in the Early Cold War.” Susan Perlman is an Assistant Professor and Deputy
Department Chair at the National Intelligence University. Her article is drawn from her
forthcoming book. Guest Chair Mark Stout.
August 25, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
September 1, 2020, Claire Hubbard-Hall, Ph.D. and Adrian O’Sullivan, DLitt et Phil
“Voices from the Shadows: Spy Wives and Female Agency”. Dr. Hubbard Hall is an
historian at Bishop Grosseeteste University. Adrian O’Sullivan is an intelligence
historian and author.
September 22, 2020, Michael Warner, Ph.D. and John Childress, Lt. Col., US Army,
The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future, Palgrave (available July 24,
2020) Michael Warner serves as the Command Historian at US Cyber Command.
September 29, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
October 20, 2020, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Ph.D. The Nazi Spy Ring, Hitler’s Agents,
the FBI and the Case that Stirred the Nation, Georgetown University Press, 2020.
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is a professor of American history emeritus at the University of
Michigan. He discusses his new book. Guest Chair Kathryn Olmstead.
October 28, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
November 3, 2020, Jeff Rogg PhD. “The First Dossier: A British Spy, the American
President, and ‘Opposition Research.” Dr. Rogg is at the US Naval War College. Guest
Chair J.D. Work
November 17, 2020, Jason Bell Ph.D. “Winthrop Bell: The Canadian Spy Who
Discovered the Nazis”. Dr. Bell is a professor of philosophy at the University of New
Brunswick. This paper is part of a larger book project.
November 24, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
December 1, 2020, Trevor Barnes, Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt
for One of the Cold War’s Most Notorious Spy Rings, Harper Collins, September 2020.
Guest Chair Calder Walton.
December 15, 2020, Mary Barton, PhD. Counterterrorism Between the Wars: An
International History, 1919-1939, Oxford University Press, (available October 22, 2020).
Mary Barton is a war gaming analyst at a Washington DC-based consulting firm.
December 29, 2020 Silent Game Book Club
BROWN BAGS 2021
January 12, 2021 Kevin Riehle Ph.D., Soviet Defectors: Revelations of Renegade
Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954, will be published in the summer of 2020 by University
of Edinburgh Press. Dr. Riehl is at the National Intelligence University. Guest Chair J.D.
January 19, 2021 Melissa A Graves Ph.D., Nixon’s FBI: Hoover, Watergate and a
Bureau in Crisis will be released in August of 2020. Dr. Graves is an Assistant Professor
of Intelligence Studies at the Citadel.
January 26, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
February 9, 2021 Matthew Hefler, Ph.D. “Intelligence and Grand Strategy,” Matthew
Heffler is an instructor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
February 23, 2021, Silent Game Book Club
March 2, 2021 H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace, Spy Sites of Philadelphia: A
Guide to the Regions Secret History, Georgetown University Press, 2021.
March 16, 2021, Brett Lintott, Ph.D. "Agents in the Ether: British Investigations of
Mysterious Wireless Messages During the Second World War,” Dr. Lintott is an
independent scholar. Guest Chair J.D. Work.
March 30, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
April 6, 2021, James Brennan, Ph.D. “Spy Hunting in the Archives: Decolonization,
African Studies Politics and MI5 in London, 1956-1965.” Dr. Brennan is at the
Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
April. 13, 2021, David Abrutat, Ph.D. RADIO WAR, Fonthill Media, 2020. Dr. Abrutat is
a GCHQ Historian.
April 27, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
May 11, 2021, Regina Kazyulina, Ph.D. “Temptress or Spy? An Analysis of Soviet
Anxieties about Women on German Occupied Territory.” Ms. Kazyulina is a PhD
candidate at Northeastern University.
May 18, 2021, Arne Kislenko Ph.D. “TBA”. Dr. Kislenko is a professor at Ryerson
May 25, 2021, Silent Game Book Club
June 15, 2021, Mallory Needleman. “Wartime Intelligence Collection: Inside the
American Legation in Stockholm, 1941-1944.” Mallory Needleman is a PhD student at
June 22, 2021 Christopher M. Elias, Ph.D. Gossip Men: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe
McCarthy, Roy Cohn and the Transformation of American Politics, University of Chicago
Press, 2021. Dr. Elias is a Visiting Professor of History, St. Olaf College.
June 29, 2021, Silent Game Book Club
July 13, 2021, Sarah-Jane Corke Ph.D. “John Paton Davies and the Origins of
American Covert Operations”. Dr. Corke is an associate professor at the University of
New Brunswick. This article is part of her larger project which is a biography of John
Paton and Elizabeth Grady Davies.
July 27, 2021, Silent Game Book Club
August 3, 2021, Steve Usdin, “Stranger than Fiction, John Franklin Carter’s career as
FDR’s Spy. Steve Usdin is an independent scholar.
August 10, 2021, Jordyn Bailey, “TBA”, Jordyn Bailey is a Ph.D. student at the
University of New Brunswick
August 31, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
September 7, 2021, Isabel Campbell “A tale of submarine sightings, Intelligence-
sharing and a Golden Goose.” Isabel Campbell is a senior historian at the Directorate of
History and Heritage National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa Ontario.
September 21, 2021, Wesley Wark Ph.D., “The Canadian Intelligence System and
Global Pandemics.” Dr. Wark is a visiting professor, Center on Public Management and
Policy, University of Ottawa.
September 28, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
October 2021 – No brown bag 2021 NASIH Conference (should the conference be
canceled because of the pandemic we will of course have the brown bag).
October 26, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
November 2021 – John Prados Ph.D., “TBA”
November 30, 2021 Silent Game Book Club
December 14, 2021, Derek R. Mallett, Ph.D. “PO Box 1142: German and Italian POWs,
Intelligence, and the US Army Europe.” Dr. Mallett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military History in the US Army Command and General Staff College.
December 28, 2021 Silent Game Book Club