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One of the side-effects of the collapse of the communist system in Central/Eastern Europe was that hitherto highly classified data on key aspects of intelligence operations in some Warsaw Pact countries became relatively easily accessible. These data concerned such fundamental issues as: the impact of intelligence information on political decisions; international intelligence networks; data circulation and processing; goals, methods, and forms of intelligence work; information sources and intelligence operations; and intelligence as an organization.
The main aim of the conference is to confront the experience of scholars from Central/Eastern Europe, who analyze such materials on a daily basis, with research methodologies developed in Western Europe and the United States.
The conference will focus on modern intelligence from the World War II to the War on Terror, however with a emphasis on the Cold War.
The conference, conceived as an event accompanying the Polish presidency in the European Union, is scheduled to take place at the South Denmark House and the European Parliament in Brussels on 8â€“9 November 2011. It is co-organized by: PaweÅ‚ Zalewski, MEP (European Peopleâ€™s Party), Institute of National Remembrance â€“ Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation i Center for Cold War Studies of the University of Southern Denmark.
English will be the language of the conference.
Due to security procedures at the European Parliament, those who wish to participate in the conference as auditors are requested to register (by 30 August 2011) by filling in the registration form on the event website and mailing it back to the organizers. Conference participation is free of charge.
For more information please visit the event website.