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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Learning in Crisis: The Sources of NATO’s Institutional Memory

Venus in Arms promotes the first post-ISA2015 event that deserves attention for those of you interested in military transformation.

We suggest the following seminar: “Learning in Crisis: The Sources of NATO’s Institutional Memory” by Heidi Hardt (University of California Irvine), at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, February 25.

This is a Joint Seminar: Europe in the World Research Seminar Series & RSCAS Seminar Series, European University Institute – EUI. 

The event will take place at Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca (4.30pm), via Boccaccio 151, Florence. Here the map

Here below the abstract of the presentation:

With the conflict continuing in neighbouring Ukraine, NATO faces a security environment characterised by declining defence budgets but increasing demands. This talk will discuss preliminary findings from an ongoing study of how NATO – the world’s most active military organisation – retains institutional memory in crisis management. The study builds on recent elite interviews with more than 57 interviews with NATO permanent representatives, international staff and other officials.

See you there.


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