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Conference : When Should State Secrets Stay Secret ? Genevieve Lester

On Thursday, Octobre 15, 2015, the Castex Chair was honored to received Pr Genevieve Lester (National Defense University, Whashington) to talk about her first book : When Should State Secrets Stay Secrets ? 

 

About the book :

Contrary to popular assumption, the development of stronger oversight mechanisms actually leads to greater secrecy rather than the reverse. When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? examines modern trends in intelligence oversight development by focusing on how American oversight mechanisms combine to bolster an internal security system and thus increase the secrecy of the intelligence enterprise. G. Lester uniquely examines how these oversight mechanisms have developed within all three branches of government, how they interact, and what types of historical pivot points have driven change among them. She disaggregates the concept of accountability into a series of specified criteria in order to grapple with these pivot points. This book concludes with a discussion of a series of normative questions, suggesting ways to improve oversight mechanisms based on the analytical criteria laid out in the analysis. It also includes a chapter on the workings of the CIA to which a number of CIA officers contributed.

 

About the author :

Dr. Genevieve Lester joined the National Defense University, Joint Special Operations Master of Arts program faculty as an assistant professor in 2015. She is a specialist in intelligence studies. Her areas of interest are international relations and security with an emphasis on accountability and security institutions. She also studies covert action and the relationship between intelligence and Special Forces. She was senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of California, Washington Center, and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.

Conférences et journées d'études
Thursday, 15 October, 2015 (All day)
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