NASIH Virtual Brown Bag on Zoom

NASIH Virtual Brown Bags 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 Presentations can take the form of talks on upcoming projects, unpublished work, published articles or published books.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

To register to give a brown bag please Email

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

To register for a Women’s Intelligence Network (WIN) Brown Bag 

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6 January 2021: Kristie Macrakis, WIN Brown Bag: “Capturing the Essence of Espionage: How to Write a Short History.” 

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. Riehle is at the National Intelligence University. Guest Chair J.D. Work

January 19, 2021 Melissa A Graves PhD, 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. Chair Sarah-Jane Corke


(Editor's Note: Melissa Graves has arranged a deal with her publisher, so that NASIH members receive 50% off her book, Nixon’s FBI: Hoover, Watergate and a Bureau in Crisis. The book is an extremely timely contribution and I hope you will join us for its discussion. This link will take you to more information about the book and its NASIH price. The link will be available till April 1st.)

January 26, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

February 3 2021, WIN Brown Bag: Hager Ben Jaffel: “Britain’s European Connection In Intelligence Relations.” 

February 9, 2021 Matthew Hefler, PhD “Intelligence and Grand Strategy,” Matthew Heffler is an instructor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chair Calder Walton

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. Chair: Mark Stout

March 3 2021, WIN Brown Bag: Aviva Guttmann: “Western Intelligence and Libyan Covert Actions in the early 1970s.” 

March 9, 2021 Dan Larson, PhD., " A New Interpretation of the Zimmermann Telegram: The United States, Austria-Hungary, and the Search for Peace in 1917." Daniel Larsen holds a fixed-term College Lectureship in History at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. This is drawn from a chapter in his new book, Plotting for Peace: American Peacemakers, British Codebreakers, and Britain at War, 1914-1917 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Chair Calder Walton

March 16, 2021, Brett Lintott, PhD “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, PhD “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. Chair Calder Walton

April 7 2021: Kathryn Olmsted, WIN Brown Bag: “The Red Spy Queen:  How Being a Woman Made Elizabeth Bentley a Better Spy and a Worse Defector.” 

April. 13, 2021, David Abrutat, PhD RADIO WAR, Fonthill Media, 2020. Dr. Abrutat is a GCHQ Historian. Chair Mark Stout

April 27, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

May 11, 2021, Regina Kazyulina, PhD “Temptress or Spy? An Analysis of Soviet Anxieties about Women on German Occupied Territory.” Ms. Kazyulina is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University. (asking Claire Hubbard Hall)

May 18, 2021, Arne Kislenko PhD. “'By any methods’: Thailand’s National Intelligence Agency.” Dr. Kislenko is a professor at Ryerson University. 

May 25, 2021, Silent Game Book Club

June 2, 2012 WIN Brown Bag TBA

June 15, 2021, Mallory Needleman. “Wartime Intelligence Collection: Inside the American Legation in Stockholm, 1941-1944.” Mallory Needleman is a PhD student at American University. Chair Mark Stout

June 22, 2021 Christopher M. Elias, PhD. 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 Chair: Sarah-Jane Corke

June 29, 2021, Silent Game Book Club


July 6, 2021 WIN Brown Bag TBA


July 13, 2021, TBA

July 27, 2021, Silent Game Book Club

August 4, 2021 WIN Brown Bag

August 3, 2021, Steve Usdin, “Stranger than Fiction, John Franklin Carter’s career as FDR’s Spy. Steve Usdin is an independent scholar. Chair Mark Stout

August 31, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

September 1 WIN Brown Bag TBA

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. Chair Calder Walton

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 3, 2021 WIN Brown Bag TBA

November 16, 2021 – John Prados PhD, “TBA”

November 30, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

December 1, 2021 WIN Brown Bag TBA

December 14, 2021, Derek R. Mallett, PhD. “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

January 5, 2022 WIN Brown Bag TBA

January 11, 2022, Helen Fry, “MI9”, Helen Fry is an independent scholar and an Ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence. Her paper is based on her new book, MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two. Chair Calder Walton

January 25m 2022 Silent Game Book Club

February 15, 2022, Nancy Greenspan, Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs. The New York Times Sunday Book Review called the book, “Enthralling and Riveting." Guest Chair Vince Houghton

February 22nd Silent Game Book Club 

March 2, 2022 WIN Brown Bag TBA

March 15, 2022 NASIH Brown Bag Hugh Wilford Ph.D. “Covert Empire: The CIA and American Power in the Cold War World.” Chair: Sarah-Jane Corke

March 29, 2022, Silent Game Brown Bag


April 18, 2022 - TBA


May 16, 2022, Sarah-Jane Corke, PhD. “The Life and Times of Robert Joyce”. Sarah-Jane Corke is an associate professor of history at the University of New Brunswick.

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Previous Brown Bags

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., “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.  Article in Intelligence and National Seurity.  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. This is a joint brown bag with NASIH and WIN. Chair Sarah-Jane Corke

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. Chair: Mark Stout

September 29, 2020 Silent Game Book Club

October 7 2020:  WIN Brown Bag “Introducing the Women in Intelligence (WIN) Board and the Brown Bag Seminar Series: A Zoom Event Live Tweeted.”

October 20, 2020, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Ph.D. The Nazi Spy Ring in America, 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 Edinburgh.  He discusses his new book. Guest Chair Kathryn Olmstead.

October 27, 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 4 2020 WIN BROWN BAG: Nancy Thorndike Greenspan: Atomic Spy: the Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs.” (Joint with Georgia Tech, History of Science Graduate Forum).

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. Chair: Mark Stout

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. Chair Calder Walton

December 2 2020 WIN Brown Bag, Helen Fry: “MI9: The Forgotten Intelligence Agency of WWII.”

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. Chair: Richard Immerman

December 29, 2020 Silent Game Book Club