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Intelligence Elsewhere: Spies and Espionage Outside the Anglosphere
edited by Philip H. J. Davies and Kristian C. Gustafson
contributions by Ralph D. Sawyer, Philip H. J. Davies, Kristian C. Gustafson, Abdulaziz A. Al-Asmari, Robert Johnson, Carl Anthony Wege, Peter Gill, Lee Wilson, Ken Kotani, Emmanuel Kwesi Aning, Emma Birikorang, Ernest Ansah Lartey, Eduardo E. Estévez, Wilhelm Agrell, Lauri Holmström, Philip H. J. Davies, Kristian C. Gustafson, Philip H. J. Davies, Kristian C. Gustafson and Stephen Welch
Georgetown University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-1-58901-957-7 | Paper: 978-1-58901-956-0
Library of Congress Classification JF1525.I6.D39 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 327.12


Spying, the “world’s second oldest profession,” is hardly limited to the traditional great power countries. Intelligence Elsewhere, nevertheless, is the first scholarly volume to deal exclusively with the comparative study of national intelligence outside of the anglosphere and European mainstream. Past studies of intelligence and counterintelligence have tended to focus on countries such as the United States, Great Britain, and Russia, as well as, to a lesser extent, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. This volume examines the deep historical and cultural origins of intelligence in several countries of critical importance today: India, China, the Arab world, and indeed, Russia, the latter examined from a fresh perspective. The authors then delve into modern intelligence practice in countries with organizations significantly different from the mainstream: Iran, Pakistan, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Indonesia, Argentina, and Ghana.

With contributions by leading intelligence experts for each country, the chapters give the reader important insights into intelligence culture, current practice, and security sector reform. As the world morphs into an increasingly multi-polar system, it is more important than ever to understand the national intelligence systems of rising powers and regional powers that differ significantly from those of the US, its NATO allies, and its traditional opponents. This fascinating book shines new light into intelligence practices in regions that, until now, have eluded our understanding.

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