What is Intelligence Analysis?
Certain types of information may be of crucial importance for a government’s successful conduct of international negotiations, when staking out a new course of foreign policy or in combating terrorism, organized crime and the illegal intelligence activities of foreign states. Worldwide, governments invest significant resources to acquire and interpret such information. Measures taken by states to secure it may include clandestine activities that may be highly dubious from a political and ethical perspective. The consequences for international peace and security can be significant.
Intelligence Studies is an inter-disciplinary subject that addresses various aspects of states’ intelligence activities – how the collection and analysis of intelligence is organized; under what circumstances states fail to foresee and prevent threats; how totalitarian states, historically and in present time, use their security services to maintain power through the repression of their own people; and how democratic states pursue parliamentary oversight of the intelligence authorities. So-called business intelligence also constitutes part of the field of the Intelligence Studies.
Research in Intelligence Analysis
Publications from our researchers:
- Anticipating the Zombie Apocalypse: Using Improbability to Teach Intelligence Analysis (authored by Tony Ingesson)
- Stalin's Double-Edged Game. Soviet Bureaucracy and the Raoul Wallenberg Case, 1945–1952 (authored by Johan Matz)
Education in Intelligence Analysis
The aim of the education is to provide a basic knowledge, problematise the intelligence field, and communicate and practice the specific skills and analytical work.
Courses offered in the subject of intelligence analysis:
Intelligence Analysis bachelor course (in Swedish) UNDK01 (30 ECTS credits, part-time over two terms): Module 1 theory and method (7.5 credits) & Module 2 Classics in the Study of Intelligence Analysis (7.5 credits) & Module 3 Thesis (15 ECTS)