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Intelligence & Interview

Project Denomination – Intelligence & Interview (Int & Int)

Partners & Organizing Institutions – Società Italiana di Intelligence (Italian Society of Intelligence) along with Intelligence Lab, Scuola Filosofica (SF) & Azione Filosofica (AF).

Project Manager – Dr Giangiuseppe Pili

Main Outputs – Publications in English in Scuola Filosofica; translation and republication in Italian to be included in a collective book edited by Dr Pili for the Italian Society of Intelligence.

Mission – Int & Int aims to boost a common and enlarged dialogue beyond the usual boundaries of intelligence, security and war studies, bringing as many views, topics, and experiences as possible. Int & Int is aimed to bring different international perspectives and cultures into the common debate of intelligence studies. It is not aimed to revolutionize a field, but it is based on the idea that we should start to recognize more the role of different perspectives from a national, cultural, and linguistic standpoint.

Abstract – Intelligence & Interview is a series hosted primarily by Dr Giangiuseppe Pili, aided by SF’s team. The mission is to enlarge the general debate about crucial topics such as intelligence, technology, war, and security. However, thinking beyond the box to tackle old issues in more effective ways, other topics are considered and brought to the conversation. Intel & Intel started in June 2020, and it developed at a very steady and quick path, helped by the widespread support from the readers, institutions, interviewees, and partners. The selected interviewees are all experts in their fields, renowned scholars, practitioners, or relevant figures considered precious for their background, experience, and knowledge. Intel & Intel is a project that will run at least for two years whose final output will be a collective book in Italian for the international authors edited by Dr Pili for the Italian Society of Intelligence, which already endorsed and approved the project.


1. Interview – Post in English

1.1 The host contacts a potential candidate for the interview. A discussion on the availability and interest follows.

1.2 The host sends an official letter of invitation to which follows the questions. The interviewee has to write down the answers and send them back to the host.

1.3 The host takes care to create a cover for the interview, upload the material, and check the text.

1.4 Before moving to Social Media, the host asks explicit permission from the interviewee to ensure that everything looks good to him/her. This is done primarily because the Social Media presence is the starter for all future access. Though SF is renowned for having posts whose access goes far beyond the date of publication, the first impact of the interviews is based on their Social Media appearance and, then, a further check is advisable.

2. Social Media Presence

2.1 Once approved by the author, the interview is shared on the main Social Media, through all the SF’s channel and Dr Pili’s personal accounts. Given the interviewees’ average relevance, the interviews are shared with other associations, societies, and institutions interested in the same topics (such as the Italian Society of Military History).

2.2 The interviews are shared on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and the SF Newsletter.

3. Collective book

3.1 When reached a sufficient number of posts, the interviews will be translated into Italian by SF’s team and associates.

3.2 The translations will be edited by Dr Pili.

3.3 The translations will be included in the collective book to be issued by the Italian Society of Intelligence.

Software – Trello, WordPress, Affinity Publishing, XMind.

& Social Media – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Newsletter.

Impact – Since the beginning, Int & Int has been read by thousands of readers all over the world. Though mainly read in Europe, the USA, and Canada, the interviews are visualized, accessed, and read by people from different origins spread in all the continents (UAE, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Ukraine, etc.). The interviews were included in personal profiles, reshared by traditional media, enterprises interested in security, and established institutions. But this has to be just an encouraging beginning. Indeed, the series has the potential to bridge the gap between the national experiences and the international community, which is still a realm too far to be close to most of the countries’ own researchers and institutions mainly active within national borders. This is true in Europe, and then, even more, is true worldwide. Finally, the Italian collective book aims to help the Italian intelligence community, readership, and scholarship to know more about what is achieved outside the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, as we believe in a transparent and vibrant democracy, this international dialogue is aimed to show that crucial topics can be addressed freely and clearly. This is just the beginning and an extremely exciting place to be!

Receivers – National and international scholars, practitioners, experts, and cultured but not too acknowledged readership.

People interviewed

#42 Dr. James Bruce | Intelligence Analysis: Past, Present and Future |

#41 Przemysław Gasztold (Historic Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance)| Poland’s Security Services; History and Present 

#40 Alexander Moseley | Philosophy of War and Peace |

#39 Barry Zulauf (Georgetown University, James Madison University, and Mercyhurst University) | International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) 

#38 Fabrizio Minniti (European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues) | Tragedy in Afghanistan: Recent History and Developments

#37 Itai Shapira (Leichester University) | Strategic and Tactical Intelligence & Philosophical Approaches to Intelligence Theory

#36 Alexei Kuvshinnikov (Moscow State Institute) | Structured Analytic Techniques – Applications and Cases Studies (Mafia included) 

#35 Kevin Riehle (National Intelligence University) | KGB, GRU, FSB Russian Intelligence History and Present 

#34 Ralf Lillbacka (Novia, University of Applied Sciences)| Clausewitz, Uncertainty and Intelligence |

#33 Alina Frolova (Deputy Chairman of the Centre for Defence Strategies)| Ukraine and Russian Hybrid Warfare |

#32 Lennart Maschmeyer (Center for Security Studies (ETH Zurich)| Cybersecurity, Cyber Power and Threat Intelligence

#31 Robin Libert & Guy Rapaille (Belgian Intelligence Studies Center)  | Belgian Intelligence and Counterintelligence

#30 Lucie Kadlecová (Charles University (Czechia) | Cyber Security in Europe and Beyond 

#29 Svitlana Andrushchenko (Shevchenko University) | Discovering the Geopolitics of Energy

#28 Claudio A. Testi (Istituto Tomistico) | Tolkien on War and Intelligence

#27 Paul Abels (Leiden University) | Dutch Intelligence History and Present

#26 Alessandro Giorgi (Italian Society of Military History) | Intelligence Operations Beyond the Iron Curtain & Military History

#25 Dr Ferdinando Angeletti (IASTE) – Institute of High Studies on Terrorism and Insurgency (Istituto di Alti Studi per il Terrorismo e l’Eversione – IASTE)

#24 Dr James Cox (Brig. General – Ret.) – Personal Experience, Canadian Intelligence & Intelligence Theory

#23 Dr Samantha Newbery (Salford University) – Intelligence, Interrogation and Torture

#22 Dr John Nomikos (RIEAS) – Greek Intelligence and RIEAS

#21 Magda Long (King’s College – London) – Covert Actions Today

#20 Dr Kira Vrist Rønn (University College Copenhagen) – Epistemology & Intelligence Ethics

#19 Dr Franck Bulinge (Mediterranean Institute of Information and Communication) – French Intelligence & CounterTerrorism Today

#18 Prof. Mario Caligiuri (Università della Calabria) & Dr Luigi Rucco (SOCINT) – Italian Society of Intelligence – History, Mission and Methods

#17 Dr William Spracher (National Intelligence University) –  Intelligence Education and the American Intelligence Journal

#16 Giovanni Nacci (Intelli|Sfèra) – OSINT Theory & Intelli|Sfèra

#15 Prof. Maria Gabriella Pasqualini (SOCINT) – The History of the Italian Intelligence Community

#14 Egisto Mannini (Geologist & Oil & Gas Consultant) – Oil & Geopolitics

#13 Prof. Virgilio Ilari (SISM) – Italian Society of Military History

#12 Philani Dhlamini (RIEAS & African Intelligence Studies Collective) – African Intelligence

#11 Dr Jacopo Tagliabue (COVEO) – Artificial Intelligence

#10 Efren Torres (GHOST OSINT Group) – Open Source Intelligence

#9 Dr Alexandra Luce (Acuity Development) –  Understanding Critical Thinking

#8 James Carlini (Keynote Speaker on Intelligent Infrastructure & Cybersecurity) – Intelligence buildings and smart cities in a Post-Covid environment

— Intelligence & Interview — Old Edition

#7 Prof. Silvano Tagliagambe (Università di Sassari) – Filosofia e scienza

#6 Dr Robert Paul Wolff (Ret. University of Massachusetts) – An autobiographical note

#5 Dott. Giovanni Sulis – Medicina e storia

#4 Domizio Cipriani – Ordine dei Templari

#3 Claudio Selleri – Editoria Italiana

#2 Adrea Maffei – Turi Kumwe Onlus

#1 Marco Rota – Business Intelligence


  1. Giangiuseppe Pili Giangiuseppe Pili 7 Aprile, 2016

    Mi attivo subito per vedere cosa si può fare. Grazie a te per seguirci e ti faccio un caro saluto.

  2. Giangiuseppe Pili Giangiuseppe Pili 7 Aprile, 2016

    Grazie, Guido! I complimenti sono sempre ben accettati, soprattutto quando vengono da un affezionato lettore!

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