Press "Enter" to skip to content

Tag: Russia

Kevin Riehle | KGB, GRU, FSB – Russian Intelligence History and Present | Intelligence & Interview N.35 | Giangiuseppe Pili

Approved by the Author

Discover Intelligence & Interview and Subscribe to the Newsletter!

After, well, thirty-four publications (plus the others already scheduled), it was time to cover one of the most fascinating topics in intelligence history. Yes, we are talking about the Russian intelligence and the KGB from the Czarist foundation to our days. The KGB was considered by many as the most powerful intelligence service globally, which should probably raise immediately the question of where and under what conditions such a powerful state institution is indeed legitimate in the first place. This is already enough for presenting this interview but let me add a couple of observations. We should not consider the KGB as a rule in the intelligence realm or as an example to be followed. We must consider it as what to avoid at any cost. Intelligence history is never “just” history (assuming that there is history that is “just” history). For this reason, I approached Professor Kevin Riehle (National Intelligence University, USA). This interview will accompany the reader from the inception of the Russian intelligence to the current institutional frame and organization. It is a deep dive into the Russian intelligence world. The first time I met Kevin, we were in Aberystwyth (back then… in person). We briefly discussed the relationship between intelligence and democracy and the importance of grounding the intelligence activity to the values inscribed into the constitution. More recently, during research on intelligence teaching, I had the pleasure to read one of his papers, this one on intelligence education (highly recommended), and to hear his presentation at the last International Studies Association Convention. It is then with my distinct pleasure to publish the interview on Scuola Filosofica – for those who don’t know it yet; it is one of the leading cultural blogs in Italy. In the name of Scuola Filosofica Team, our readers, and myself, Giangiuseppe Pili, Kevin: thank you!

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or any U.S. government agency.

La grande storia della prima guerra mondiale – Martin Gilbert

Iscriviti alla Newsletter!

La grande storia della prima guerra mondiale (The firs world war) tratta degli avvenimenti iniziati nel 1914 con l’occupazione della Serbia da parte dell’impero Asburgico a seguito dell’assassinio dell’erede al trono degli Asburgo, per mano dell’anarchico Gavrilo Princip “nel giorno del’anniversario della sconfitta che i turchi avevano inflitto ai servi nel 1349 nella battaglia del Kosovo”[1]. Dalla spedizione punitiva dell’impero segue, per reazione a catena, l’entrata in guerra delle principali potenze europee, Germania, Russia, Impero Britannico e Francia, tutte animate e convinte dalla necessità di una guerra che sarebbe stata rapida e vantaggiosa. La narrazione si conclude alla fine delle trattative di pace che, come viene sottolineato, saranno la base dell’insoddisfazione della Germania e dei popoli sconfitti; la causa dei rivolgimenti politici che approderanno alla seconda e più terribile guerra.