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 Presentations can take the form of talks on upcoming projects, unpublished work, published articles or published books.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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January 4, 2022. Aaron Bateman, “Intelligence and Alliance Politics: America, Britain, and the Strategic Defense Initiative.” Aaron Bateman is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University.

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

January 18, 2022.  Dr. Alpo Rusi, Ph.D., “The Influence of the KGB on Finnish Foreign Policy, 1982-91.”  Dr. Rusi is a former diplomat who has held several Ambassadorial positions for the Government of Finland and from 1994 to 1999 was Foreign and Security Policy Adviser to the President of Finland.  

January 25, 2022. Silent Game Book Club

February 15, 2022. Nancy Greenspan, "Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs." This talk will be based on the book of the same name. Chair: Dr. Vince Houghton

February 22, 2022. Silent Game Book Club 

March 15, 2022. Hugh Wilford, Ph.D. “Covert Empire: The CIA and American Power in the Cold War World.” Dr. Wilford is professor of history at California State University,
Long Beach. Chair: Sarah-Jane Corke

March 29, 2022. Silent Game Brown Bag

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