Intelligence in An Insecure World
Intelligence in An Insecure World, 3rd Edition
Security intelligence continues to be of central importance to the contemporary world: individuals, organizations and states all seek timely and actionable intelligence in order to increase their sense of security. But what exactly is intelligence? Who seeks to develop it and to what ends? How can we ensure that intelligence is not abused?

In this third edition of their classic text, Peter Gill and Mark Phythian set out a comprehensive framework for the study of intelligence, discussing how states organize the collection and analysis of information in order to produce intelligence, how it is acted upon, why it may fail and how the process should be governed in order to uphold democratic rights. Fully revised and updated throughout, the book covers recent developments, including the impact of the Snowden leaks on the role of intelligence agencies in Internet and social media surveillance and in defensive and offensive cyber operations, and the legal and political arrangements for democratic control. The role of intelligence as part of ‘hybrid’ warfare in the case of Russia and Ukraine is also explored, and the problems facing intelligence in the realm of counterterrorism is considered in the context of the recent wave of attacks in Western Europe.

<i>Intelligence in an Insecure World</i> is an authoritative and accessible guide to a rapidly expanding area of inquiry – one that everyone has an interest in understanding.
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  • July 2018 (hb)
    August 2018 (pb)
  • 288 pages
  • 170 x 244 mm / 7 x 10 in
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. What is Intelligence?
  • 2. How Do We Understand Intelligence?
  • 3. Who does Intelligence?
  • 4. How do they gather information?
  • 5. How is information turned into intelligence?
  • 6. What do they do with intelligence?
  • 7 Why Does Intelligence Fail?
  • 8 How democratic can intelligence be?
  • 9 Intelligence for a more secure world?
  • Notes
  • Selected Further Reading
About the Author
Peter Gill is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester.

Mark Phythian is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester.
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"This excellent survey by two leaders in the field is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand intelligence, secrecy and surveillance, together with its linkage to issues of democratic rights and civil liberties."
Richard J. Aldrich, University of Warwick

"Peter Gill and Mark Phythian capture an increasingly vibrant field in way that is both sophisticated and accessible. This third edition engages with the latest theoretical and policy debates on intelligence based on contemporary and diverse cases."
Damien Van Puyvelde, University of Glasgow
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