The Intelligence and Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will be hosting the second "Intelligence Brown Bag Lunch" of the semester on Wednesday, October 11th from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle Square, Conference Room 350 (OB-350). Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center, will be leading a seminar discussion on "The Inevitability of Intelligence Failures: America's Experience in the Middle East." No RSVP required. Bring your own lunch!
This Week's Topic: "The Inevitability of Intelligence Failures: America's Experience in the Middle East"
What are intelligence failures and can states prevent them? What causes intelligence failures and should intelligence analysts be solely blamed for failing to predict looming threats on the horizon? This seminar focuses on the topic of intelligence failures and strategic surprises by exploring existing scholarship in the fields of Security Studies, Intelligence Studies, and Political Psychology. In addition to a scholarly discussion of why intelligence fails, the seminar focuses on U.S. intelligence activities in the Middle East during the Cold War. One of the case studies that will be discussed during the seminar is the American intelligence failure in Iraq in 1958.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 | 12:00pm ? 1:15pm
Dr. Jeffrey G. Karam is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also teaches courses on International Relations, Security Studies, and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Karam holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University, an M.A. in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut, and a dual B.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Notre Dame University in Lebanon.