International Security and Intelligence Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Through the lens of professional practitioners of the craft and former senior officials closely involved in the world of intelligence, students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems. 

International Security and Intelligence: 21st Century Perspectives on Intelligence and the Modern Nation-State, is delivered by Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi), in partnership with King's College London, Department of War Studies.

Information Session

January 22, 2020 11:00 AM in SIS 112 or online - All Information Sessions

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Meeting ID: 479 153 8567

Program Dates

July 5-31, 2020

Program Fees

Students are responsible for 3 credits AU tuition to participate in the program. Some meals, excursions and social events will be included in the program.

All students are responsible for international airfare, in-country transportation, room & board, visa and immunization fees. On-campus bed and breakfast accommodations will be offered by the program for an additional fee that may be paid through AU. 


In this four-week, 3-credit course, students will enroll directly with CSi. Hosted at Magdalene College, Cambridge, students will consider the claims of necessary state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyber-attack, of terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for energy security, and the security aspects of climate change.

Students will learn about the role of the media and the exploitation of open sources to meet modern intelligence requirements. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence community. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque, but still vital roles at the heart of the national state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, also its limitations, and how it helps to shape policy in the area of defense and foreign policy are major course themes.

Learn more about the academic structure and research components of this course.

Course Themes Include:

  • The ISI introduction to Intelligence Studies
  • The British Approach to Intelligence
  • Human Intelligence and Operational Tradecraft
  • Surprise Attack and Warning Failures
  • Intelligence Liaison – Not all it might seem
  • The Good the Bad and the Ugly; Case Studies in Intelligence History
  • Reading the Mind of the Enemy
  • Rising Powers and Failing States
  • Treachery – a damage assessment  

Application Deadline

February 21, 2020

If more space is available, applications will move to a rolling basis after this deadline until early March. You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $300.

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Suggested Program Match

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is designed for graduate students. The course has an emphasis on contemporary and future challenges and practice. It will appeal to those with a professional or academic interest in statecraft and the interlocking themes of intelligence, security, defense, and foreign policy formation and implementation, as well as students who simply wish to know more about these themes.