The Link Campus University of Rome and the Gino Germani Institute of Social Sciences and Strategic Studies have organized an international workshop on intelligence analysis and dissemination in Rome on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of May, at Link University (Via Nomentana 335).
The workshop will be held in English and conducted by Dr. Julian Richards, co-director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence of the University of Buckingham (UK). It will be held in English.
This 3-day practical workshop, designed for government and private-sector analysts as well as intelligence and security professionals, explores the analysis and dissemination elements of the intelligence cycle, within a framework of psychology and organisational philosophy.
For intelligence organisations, whether they are governmental bodies or private corporations, two critical elements of the intelligence process are the ability of analysts to conduct effective assessments and judgements on the material they are seeing, and the ability of analysis to effectively communicate their assessments to key decision-makers. In both of these elements, an enhanced understanding of the psychological and organisational drivers and pitfalls can ensure more effective results.
In this workshop, background to the key debates and literature within intelligence studies on these parts of the intelligence cycle are presented. Major intelligence failures will be discussed, highlighting the ways in which the psychology of analysis and organisational factors have played critical roles in shaping outcomes. After a session devoted to Alternative Analysis techniques and their application to intelligence, participants will conduct a strategic intelligence assessment exercise using Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) methodology, and then practice delivering a policy briefing based on the result of their analysis.
Emphasis will be placed throughout on the practical application of theoretical concepts and analytical tools, whereby workshop participants will undertake practical exercises to embed key learning points.
Friday 23 May (2:30-6:30 pm): Introduction: Psychology, Organisational Philosophy, and Intelligence
In this module, participants will be introduced to the key debates and ideas that affect the relationship between the intelligence business, and the realms of psychology and organisational philosophy. Participants will be able to discuss and explore the issues in an interactive way.
Saturday 24 May (9 am- 1 pm): The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
On the morning of day 2, we focus on the Analysis element of the Intelligence Cycle. Within the framework of an analysis of major intelligence failures, discussion will cover the ways in which the psychology of analysis and organisational factors have played critical roles in shaping outcomes.
Saturday 24 May (2:30 pm – 6 pm): Using Analytic Techniques
In the afternoon we apply practice to the theory, in the shape of introducing a range of Alternative Analysis techniques and considering their applications to intelligence. We will then use Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) to undertake an analysis of a major contemporary strategic intelligence question.
Sunday 25 May (9 am – 1 pm): Briefing Policy-Makers
On the final day, we will consider the issue of how to deliver effective policy briefings to decisionmakers based on the results of our analysis. Participants will then try out the formation of a short policy briefing based on their analysis on day 2, presenting their briefings to the rest of the group.
The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Julian Richards, co-founder and co-director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom). At Buckingham, he teaches on a range of postgraduate courses in Intelligence Studies and Global Affairs, and supervises a number of research students in Security and Intelligence Studies. Prior to university life, Dr Richards enjoyed a long career in intelligence and security within the UK
government. He is the author of three books on intelligence and security, in addition to a number of book chapters and academic papers, and is a regular commentator on contemporary security issues in the UK and international media.
The workshop will be held in English.
The workshop fee is 300 euros (including VAT). Please register early – space is limited.
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