NASIH Virtual Brown Bag on Zoom

NASIH is proud to introduce our new Virtual brown bag series every second Tuesday starting
April 21, 2020. The virtual brown bag takes place on zoom at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Papers can be either recently published or works in progress.

To register please contact Jordyn Bailey at:

If you would like to present a paper please E-mail


April 21, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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.

June 30, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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 was 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, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, Joseph Caddell Jr., “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.


July 28, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM 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.


August 11, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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.


August 25, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, Claire Hubbard-Hall, Ph.D. and Adrian O’Sullivan, Ph.D. “Spy Wives.” Details TBA


September 22, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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.


October 20, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, 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.


November 17, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15 PM Eastern, Sarah-Jane Corke PhD., “The Personal is Political: John Paton Davies and Operation Tawny Pipit.” Sarah-Jane Corke is an Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick.  This is a draft paper that is being reworked for publication as a journal article.


December 15, 2020, 12:00 – 1:15  PM Eastern, Dr. Mary Barton, 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.  She discusses her book.

More events to follow. If you would like to present a paper or book, published or in the process of development, please let us know by emailing