NASIH Virtual
Brown Bags


The Society runs frequent virtual brown bags on Zoom to provide intelligence historians a venue to discuss their work. Presentations can take the form of talks on upcoming projects, unpublished work, published articles or published books. 

All brown bags take place on Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern.


Registration for brown bags is through Eventbrite. Links to registration pages can be found here, on our Twitter feed, by searching Eventbrite, on our Twitter feed, and in emails sent to members.

To suggest a topic for a brown bag please email Mark Stout at

The last Tuesday of every month is reserved for meetings of the Silent Game Book Club, which is devoted to the scholarly discussion of spy fiction. For more information see the link on the website or email

Our schedule also includes brown bags offered by the Women’s Intelligence Network (WIN). To register to attend a WIN Brown Bag, email

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March 29, 2022. Silent Game Brown Bag

Tuesday, April 5, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Thomas Boghardt, “Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence in Germany, 1944–1949.” Dr. Boghardt is a Senior Historian at the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History. His talk is based on his new book of the same title published by the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History. Chair: Dr. Mark Stout. REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, April 12, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Stephanie Carvin and Dr. Thomas Juneau, “The Evolution of Intelligence-Policy Dynamics in Canada.” Dr. Carvin is Associate  Professor of International Relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Dr. Juneau is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Their talk draws on the book Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making: The Canadian Experience published in 2021 by Stanford University Press. Chair: Dr. Timothy Sayle, University of Toronto. REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, April 26, noon to 1PM Eastern. James Bronskill, “Duplicity in Plain Sight: KGB Mole Gilles Brunet of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.” Mr. Bronskill is a reporter in the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press news agency, specializing in security and intelligence, policing and justice-related issues. Chair: Dr. Wesley Wark, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation. REGISTER HERE.


Tuesday, May 10, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Derek Mallett, “The ‘Morale and Opinions’ of German Prisoners of War in the United States during the Second World War." Dr. Mallett is Assistant Professor of History at the US Army Command and General Staff College. Chair: Dr. Thomas Boghardt, U.S. Army Center of Military History. REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, May 17, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke, “The Political is Personal: The Strange Case of John P. Davies.” Dr. Corke is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick. Chair TBD. REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, May 31, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Christian Axboe Nielsen, “Why Did Yugoslavia Assassinate Its Own Citizens Abroad?” Dr. Nielsen is Associate Professor of History and Human Security at Aarhus University in Denmark. His talk is based on his book Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations: The History and Legacy of Tito’s Campaign Against the Emigrés published by Bloomsbury Academic. Chair: Dr. Kevin Riehle, University of Mississippi. REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, June 14, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Deborah Bauer, “Marianne’s Men: The Officers and Civilians Behind the Push for Professional Intelligence in fin-de-siècle France.” Dr. Bauer is Associate Professor of European History at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Chair: Dr. Susan Perlman, National Intelligence University. REGISTER HERE.


Tuesday, July 12, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Ioanna Iordanou, “Venice’s Secret Service:
Intelligence Organization in the Renaissance.” Dr. Ioanna Iordanou is a Reader in Human Resource Management at Oxford Brookes Business School (UK) and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick (UK). Her talk draws on her book of the same name published by Oxford University Press in 2019. REGISTER HERE.


Tuesday, August 9, noon to 1PM Eastern. Jordyn Bailey, “‘In a world of Gray Monotony’: The CIA and the Liberation of East German Femininity in 1956.”  Jordyn Bailey is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Brunswick. Chair: Dr. Kathryn Olmsted. REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, August 16, noon to 1PM Eastern. Dr. Vincent Houghton, “The New National
Cryptologic Museum: More Than Just a Facelift.” Dr. Houghton is the Director of the National Cryptologic Museum. Chair: Dr. Mark Stout. REGISTER HERE.


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