Over a decade on from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, intelligence continues to be of central importance to the contemporary world. Today there is a growing awareness of the importance of intelligence, and an increasing investment in it, as individuals, groups, organizations and states all seek timely and actionable information in order to increase their sense of security. But what exactly is intelligence? Who seeks to develop it and how? What happens to intelligence once it is produced, and what dilemmas does this generate? How can liberal democracies seek to mitigate problems of intelligence, and what do we mean by intelligence failure? In a fully revised and expanded new edition of their classic guide to the field, Peter Gill and Mark Phythian explore these and other questions. Together they set out a comprehensive framework for the study of intelligence, discussing how intelligence can best be understood, how it is collected, analysed, disseminated and acted upon, how it raises ethical problems, and how and why it fails.
Drawing on a range of contemporary examples, Intelligence in an Insecure World is an authoritative and accessible guide to a rapidly expanding area of enquiry - one which everyone has an interest in understanding.
Peter Gill is Professor of Politics and Security at Liverpool John Moores University. Mark Pythian is Professor of International Security at the University of Wolverhampton.
List of Figures, Tables and Boxes Preface Abbreviations 1 Introduction 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 the Intelligence? 7 Why Does Intelligence Fail? 8 Can Intelligence be Democratic? 9 Intelligence for a more secure world? Notes Selected Further Reading