A European Transgovernmental Intelligence Network and the Role of IntCen

Mai'a K. Davis Cross has published an article on cooperation in the European intelligence field in Perspectives on European Politics and Society. She argues that this field may be a rare example in which integration can be achieved before cooperation, rather than the latter serving as a stepping-stone to the former.

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Abstract

This article makes the case that the most important developments in the European intelligence arena actually have little to do with member states’ willingness to cooperate. Rather, the context for the intelligence profession has changed fundamentally in the past few years in light of globalization and the information revolution, and this has made the creation of a single EU intelligence space far more likely, even despite member states’ resistance.

The author argues that the emerging European intelligence space is increasingly consolidating around a transgovernmental network of intelligence professionals that draw upon open-source knowledge acquisition, with the EU Intelligence Analysis Center (IntCen) at its centre. One implication of this is that the field of EU intelligence may be a rare example in which integration can be achieved before cooperation, rather than the latter serving as a stepping-stone to the former.

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A European Transgovernmental Intelligence Network and the Role of IntCen
Mai'a K. Davis Cross
Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol 14, No 3, pp 388-402
DOI: 10.1080/15705854.2013.817805

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