School of Computing

Dec 4
11:00 - 12:00
Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain - Hager Ben Jaffel
School of Computing - Security Group Seminar
Speaker: Hager Ben Jaffel - National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris

Abstract: This talk will discuss research findings drawn from the recently published monograph entitled 'Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain'. The monograph investigates everyday practices of intelligence cooperation between Britain and its continental partners in anti-terrorism matters. In contrast to political and academic narratives that overstate the divide between Britain and Europe, it is argued that British intelligence has always had a European dimension. To show the actual and long-standing embeddedness of British anti-terrorism in European cooperation arrangements, the lecture will address intelligence cooperation from its practical and human dimensions, foregrounding a conception of intelligence which is different from Anglo-American categories of understanding in Intelligence Studies. Building upon a theoretical framework inspired by International Political Sociology and ethnographic fieldwork in Europe, the talk will uncover concrete manifestations of Britain's European connection through a detailed analysis of the everyday bureaucratic practices of representatives from British police forces and, in particular, how they understand their daily work. It will also provide an innovative way to account for intelligence cooperation through the analysis of resources at stake in this field (i.e. budget and workforce, inter alia), which determine the trajectory and positioning of police and intelligence services in Europe, thereby contrasting with rationalist perspectives that explain intelligence cooperation in terms of threat perceptions and state decisions. Finally, the talk will open up a new interpretation of the recent moves of British security services in the context of 'Brexit' negotiations.

Bio: Hager Ben Jaffel is a research associate at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Since she received her PhD in International Relations at King's College London, she has continued examining the international activities of domestic security services involved in European intelligence cooperation by extending the analysis to analysts and database managers. Her reflections also focus on the development of transdisciplinary and critical approaches to the study of contemporary intelligence in order to build a new research agenda uncovering new lines of inquiry that challenge the canons of Intelligence Studies. In July, she will be co-convening a workshop entitled "Intelligence in contemporary times: Towards a transversal research agenda" for the next European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) in Brussels. In September, she will co-chairing a section entitled "The everyday of intelligence - critique, reflexivity and transdisciplinarity" as part of the European International Studies Association's annual conference in Malta. More details of the section can be found here: (see Section 36)


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