Intelligence

With a concentration in intelligence, PSIA is shedding light on an exciting field that has been quite influential, yet surprisingly neglected for too long in international affairs.

Whilst scholars used to describe intelligence as the “missing dimension” of international relations a couple of decades ago, intelligence has now become a full-fledged component of many contemporary foreign and security policies, as well as a sizeable share of modern states’ apparatus in the aftermath of the counterterrorism reaction.

What are the basics of intelligence?

Who does what?

How can democracies reconcile the rising expectations towards efficient intelligence policies with the legitimacy risks they come with?

Among many others, these questions are to be addressed in an introductive course taught during the first semester by scholars and former professionals, alongside with guest lecturers using case studies.

During the following semesters, specialized seminars will highlight some aspects of intelligence policies such as covert action, the use of technology or the reconstruction of intelligence in the Arab world.

This concentration is open to all PSIA students, irrespective of their professional objectives. Previous basic knowledge of international relations, security matters and public policies is strongly advised.

The diversity of courses offered within the Intelligence concentration program can be found on the Thematic Concentration course offerings.