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Reader in Intelligence Studies and International Security, King's College London

Huw Dylan is a Reader in Intelligence and International Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is also an Associated Researcher at the Centre for Intelligence Studies in the Norwegian Intelligence School. His work is focused on intelligence in the Cold War and beyond, with a specific focus on deception operations, intelligence in diplomacy, and covert action. He has published widely on these fields in academic journals and in the press. His first monograph, Defence Intelligence and the Cold War, was published with Oxford University Press. His latest published book was The CIA and the Pursuit of Security, with Edinburgh University Press. He is currently working on an AHRC funded project on ‘Writers in Intelligence: The Secret State and the Public Sphere.’

Research Interests
Intelligence Studies
Cold War History
Deception Operations
Covert Action
Secret Diplomacy
Intelligence Culture
Huw Dylan leads and contributes to many academic and executive education courses focused on intelligence and security. These include the core of the MA Intelligence and International Security, Intelligence in Peace and War. His teaching at the MA level is concentrated on The Past and Present of British Intelligence, which traces the origins and operations of the UK’s intelligence machinery; Espionage; A Global History, which offers an international perspective on the development and evolution of intelligence; and Influence: Covert Action, Active Measures, and Deception, which examines the manner in which states seek to use secret power to pursue their goals.

He has supervised a number of PhD students to completion, and is happy to offer PhD supervision in the following broad areas:

Intelligence history
Contemporary intelligence and security issues
Warning, deception, and surprise
British Cold War history
US Cold War history


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    Reader in Intelligence Studies and International Security, King's College London