Academy Rosenhof e.V., Weimar January 25th, 2007
Call for Papers:
“Intelligence Clash: East vs West During the Cold War”
Conference to be held in Weimar / Germany on 20-22 April 2007
Organizers: Professor Wolfgang Krieger (Universität Marburg / Germany) and Professor Heiner Timmermann (Akademie Rosenhof / Weimar)
It has often been said that intelligence services helped keep the peace during the cold war. But there can be no doubt that in many instances intelligence activities led to or intensified international conflict. At least two large-scale wars, in Vietnam and in Afghanistan, resulted directly from massive intelligence failures (and eventually led to further such failures). Throughout the cold war intelligence clashes produced diplomatic or political incidents, such as expelling embassy staff or formal protests against abductions or telephone wiretappings. Intelligence clashes worsened relations , at least temporarily, within each bloc, between the two blocs and with countries outside the blocs.
The divided Germany played an important role in this game.
While a fair number of such clashes have already been studied, including naval incidents and incidents relating to espionage overflights, much research is still required before we gain a more reliable sense of their significance in cold war history.
Proposals are to be sent (by February 20th) to -- firstname.lastname@example.org or
Conference presentations will be limited to 25-30 minutes. While the conference organizers will attempt to provide financial assistance to the conference presenters for travel and accommodation expenses no formal commitment can be made in advance. For further information please consult our website at -- www.intelligence-history.org or
where administrative details will be posted shortly.
Further information under:
(0049) 0173-568 35 47 (Prof. Dr. Dr. Timmermann
(0049) 6421-28-24600 (Prof. Dr. Krieger)