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Police and security agencies are presently adapting and evolving while under constant scrutiny. Arguments around the erosion of civil liberties and the array of threats facing the UK put them under a controversial spotlight.

However, legislation and the nature of their work means that these public agencies have largely been unable to articulate their reasoning. Government attempts to present arguments on their behalf are, by their very nature, politicised.

Drawing upon the views and expertise of these agencies, analysts of their activities and other professionals, the conference is designed to provide valuable insights into the evolution and current activities of the police and security agencies; set within the perspective of the spectrum of challenges they face.

The conference will examine these issues from the early incarnations of the services, providing military and political intelligence, into the Cold War and its unprecedented emphasis on espionage and counter espionage, to efforts to counter international terrorism today.

Confirmed contributors include:

  • 'Twenty-First Century Intelligence and Security in Long Term Perspective'
    Professor Christopher Andrew, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
    Social Web Cog
  • 'Domestic Intelligence Uses & Limitations'
    Senior Whitehall Official
  • DCS Martin Hewitt
    OCU Commander, Metropolitan Police Service Intelligence Bureau
  • Air Vice Marshall Andrew Vallance
    Secretary, Defence Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Michael S. Goodman
    Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Lecturer, Kings College London
  • Professor Ian Leigh
    Co-Director of the Durham Human Rights Centre, Professor of Law, Durham University
  • Gordon Corera
    Security Correspondant, BBC
  • Gill Bennett
    Formerly Chief Historian at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Senior Editor of the FCO’s official history of postwar foreign policy. Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • Paul Murphy MP
    Chairman, Intelligence & Security Committee
  • Kevin O’Leary
    Specialist Crime Directorate 11, Metropolitan Police
  • Detective Superintendent Pete South
    Metropolitan Police
  • Margaret Gilmore
    Journalist, Broadcaster and Analyst. Associate Fellow, RUSI

For further information please see conference overview.

For more information and to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact Garry Hindle on +44 (0) 207 747 2646 or

For all other enquiries please contact Sabrina Downey, Events Director, on +44 (0) 207 747 2622 or


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