Oxford 2010: How intelligent are our intelligence services?

  • Miranda Carter (winner of the Orwell Prize 2002 for Anthony Blunt: His Lives, author of The Three Emperors)
  • Sir David Omand (former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, former member of the Joint Intelligence Committee)
  • Christopher Andrew unfortunately had to pull out due to ill health
  • Chaired by Jean Seaton (director of the Orwell Prize)

The seventh of the Orwell Prize’s events at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2010.

The British Security Services have dealt with a variety of threats to national security during their century of existence: Germany between the wars, the Soviet bloc during the Cold War, and Islamist terrorism since 9/11. But with intelligence once again under the spotlight with another inquiry into the Iraq War, how can we be sure that we are getting the right sort of intelligence, and how has intelligence gathering evolved over the decades, as threats change and technologies advance?

  • Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
  • Orwell Prize events at the Oxford Literary Festival 2010
  • Orwell Prize events at the Oxford Literary Festival 2009
  • Orwell Prize event at the Oxford Literary Festival 2008

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