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  • Intelligence Cooperation in the EU: Debates and Issues

    Hi

    All these articles are free to access until April 2016 and given the forthcoming UK Referendum and the ongoing terrorist threat, I think the articles could prove informative!

    Bureaucratic Resistance to International Intelligence Cooperation – The Case of Europol Björn Fägersten, Vol. 25, Iss. 4, 2010

    This article analyses the gap between government ambitions and actual outcomes in the case of European counter terrorism intelligence cooperation. Specifically, it investigates why Europol has not managed to live up to its tasks despite outspoken government support.
    Intelligence Dilemma? Contemporary Counter-terrorism in a Liberal Democracy Julian Richards, Vol. 27, Iss. 5, 2012

    The post-9/11 period and its emphasis on tackling terrorism has had a fundamental impact on the business of intelligence, not least in raising some very difficult ethical issues to the forefront of debate. The questions posed by the new threat picture for such states offer something of an ‘intelligence dilemma', which must balance the provision of good security with respecting civil liberties and ensuring the continued support of the population for security and intelligence policy.
    A Decade of EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment
    Javier Argomaniz, Oldrich Bures, and Christian Kaunert, Vol. 30, Iss. 2-3, 2015


    The Treaty on the European Union (EU) stipulates that one of the key objectives of the Union is to provide citizens with a high level of safety within an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). Given that the fight against terrorism is a prominent aspect of this general objective, it is remarkable that, in spite of its political relevance and decade-long history, it has only relatively recently received due attention in the academic community.
    Counter-Terrorism, Security and Intelligence in the EU: Governance Challenges for Collection, Exchange and Analysis. Monica Den Boer, Vol. 30, Iss. 2-3, 2015

    In this article we seek to address the emerging role of the European Union (EU) as a security and intelligence actor from the perspective of counter-terrorism. A range of agencies has been established that collect, analyze and operationalize intelligence in view of strategically defined security threats. This article makes an inventory of their roles and competences in the field of intelligence and looks at the list of instruments that encourage the sharing of intelligence between different law enforcement and security agencies.
    From Convergence to Deep Integration: Evaluating the Impact of EU Counter-Terrorism Strategies on Domestic Arenas
    Monica Den Boer and Irina Wiegand, Vol. 30, Iss. 2-3, 2015


    With the 2001 EU Action Plan and the 2005 EU Counterterrorism Strategy, the European Union has unfolded a roadmap for counter-terrorism measures and an itinerary of actions to be undertaken by the Member States. This article seeks to take stock of whether all proposals have led to the full adoption and implementation of instruments.
    Border Controls as a Dimension of the European Union's Counter-Terrorism Policy: A Critical Assessment Sarah Le´onard, Vol. 30, Iss. 2-3, 2015

    This article critically examines the use and effectiveness of border controls in the European Union (EU)'s counter-terrorism policy. It shows that the EU has made substantial progress towards achieving the objectives that it had set for itself in this policy area, but has not managed to fulfil all of them, and certainly not by the deadlines originally set.
    The Intelligence War on Terrorism Daniel Byman, Vol. 29, Iss. 6, 2014

    What is the role of intelligence for counterterrorism? Most studies of counterterrorism ignore the vital role of intelligence, focus only on its most controversial aspects, or fail to recognize how counterterrorism intelligence differs from traditional intelligence issues. This article argues that many of the common criticisms of the CIA and other agencies misunderstand counterterrorism intelligence and what is realistic for gaining information on terrorist groups.
    Intelligence reform: The logic of information sharing
    Calvert Jones, Vol. 22, Iss. 3, 2007


    A cornerstone of US intelligence reform is ‘information sharing’ as a means of adapting to contemporary security challenges. Yet the underlying logic of information sharing for intelligence reform has received little attention. Drawing on information and communications theory, this paper critiques the logic by highlighting problems of sense-making and interpretation overlooked amid the scholarly enthusiasm for an intelligence ‘culture of sharing’.
    Connecting Intelligence and Theory: Intelligence Liaison and International Relations Adam D.M. Svendsen, Vol. 24, Iss. 5, 2009

    Intelligence liaison increased exponentially during the so-called ‘War on Terror’. Today it continues as the most significant dimension of intelligence, including impacting on accountability and oversight considerations. Nevertheless, the intelligence liaison phenomenon remains largely under-studied and substantially under-theorized. In this article, preliminary suggestions are offered concerning how this dearth of theory can be addressed.
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    Regards

    Andy H
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Churchill

    "I'm no reactionary.Christ on the Mountain! I'm as idealistic as Hell" Eisenhower

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    There seemed to be mixed views from those snippets. It may be an argument can be made one way or another on terror cooperation. I would think the big picture themes of free movement of Merkel's millions and looming addition of Turkey to the EU would dwarf them though.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Escape2Victory View Post
      There seemed to be mixed views from those snippets. It may be an argument can be made one way or another on terror cooperation. I would think the big picture themes of free movement of Merkel's millions and looming addition of Turkey to the EU would dwarf them though.
      Hi E2V

      The articles need to be read to obviously garner the most from them, rather than just the brief snippets.

      From the two I've read so far I would say that our abilities wouldn't be curtailed, certainly in the short-term, if the UK were to leave the EU. However in the long term it could prove more problematical, because at present we're in the room helping formulate the plan/response. Whilst later on we'll be invited in to discuss what's already been agreed upon and then formulate from there. Not the end of the world but far from ideal.

      Regards

      Andy H
      "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Churchill

      "I'm no reactionary.Christ on the Mountain! I'm as idealistic as Hell" Eisenhower

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