Critical Intelligence Studies: A New Framework for Analysis

Samantha Newbery*, Christian Kaunert

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As the purpose of the study of intelligence is, in part, to aid the practice of intelligence, scholarship must reflect that practice. This article sets out a theoretical framework for Critical Intelligence Studies that will increase the real-world applicability of the study of intelligence as currently represented by Intelligence Studies. Critical Security Studies’ recognition of the broadening and widening of the concept of security, and the ensuing recognition that intelligence work is not only done by state intelligence agencies or for the security of states, provides an opportunity to push forward the study of intelligence into a position where a well-developed, and theoretically sound, Critical Intelligence Studies can be meaningfully said to exist.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2178163
Pages (from-to)780-798
Number of pages19
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Issue number5
Early online date21 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2023


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