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Watching the watchers: Intelligence steering and oversight in contemporary democracies

Friday 18 October 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

About the lecture:

Intelligence is now recognized in most democratic countries as a public policy. It brings a security assurance to their citizens and may give an edge to their governments in a tempestuous world. However, its techniques are dangerous and used in a secrecy embedded in the activity. It is then necessary, as many governments started to do in the past decades, to adapt the intelligence practices and the services authorized to collect and analyze secret intelligence in order to fit into the democratic framework.

What are the features of this steering and oversight trends? How to balance efficiency and legitimacy of intelligence? Will intelligence and security services blend themselves in “ordinary” administrations? As we move to a new prioritization of threats, what are the needs to keep the democracies in safety without endangering their citizens’ privacy?

About the speaker:

The guest lecturer, Mr. Philippe Hayez, is a magistrate at the Court of Audit in France and coordinator of intelligence courses at Sciences Po Paris. Former Deputy Director of Intelligence Collection and Analysis at the Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE), Philippe’s own research focuses on the politics of intelligence, intelligence in democracies, and intelligence and internal security.



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Philippe Hayez
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