Report from the Conference: “Intelligence in the Knowledge Society”

A guest post by Davide Barbieri*

A Report from the Conference: “Intelligence in the Knowledge Society

A few Australian black swans were seen far from their motherland, in Bucharest, at the XXI International Conference on Intelligence in the Knowledge Society.
The Romanian Information Service (SRI) were keeping both eyes on the unstable political situation in neighboring Moldova, which added to the crisis in Ukraine, another related source of concern. Parallels with the “frozen conflict” in Transnistria abounded, and geopolitics seemed to be the main topic this year.
Lada Roslycky, from Kiev, elaborated on the concept of “hybrid warfare” and its interconnection with cyber warafare. This was another important issue being discussed, among the others, by Prof Emil Slusansky of the University of Bucharest in his brilliant presentation “Hacking for the right reasons“. Cyber affairs and geopolitics were also addressed by Nicola Kubiceck, from the European External Action Service.
Personally, I had the confirmation of the need to establish a more solid epistemic framework for intelligence analysis. In fact, the lack of a quantitative approach may limit the falsifiability of the work of analists, and therefore a wider scientific acceptance.
I have to thank again the organizers, and in particular Lt Gen Florian Coldea (SRI deputy director), who chaired my panel (“New patterns of terrorism and war: from extremism to radicalization”) together with my colleague and co-author Elaine Pressman.


*Davide Barbieri, PhD, is a Research Fellow  in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Surgical Specialties at the University of Ferrara,

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