The Secret State: Past, Present, and Future

A Panel Discussion with Professor Richard Aldrich, Professor Rhodri Jeffreys Jones, and Dame Stella Rimington

Date and time: Thursday 14 April, 5.30pm-7pm

Venue: 50 George Square Lecture Theatre

This round table discussion and Q&A brings together luminaries from academia and the intelligence community to debate and probe the worlds of intelligence and counterintelligence. This will be your opportunity to put questions about history, current events, and future trends to our panel of experts. The panel will be made up of: Richard J. Aldrich, Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and author of GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain’s Most Secret Intelligence Agency and The Hidden Hand: Britain, America, and Cold War Secret Intelligence; Rhodri Jefferys-Jones, Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh and author of The CIA and American Democracy and In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence; and, Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of the Security Services (MI5) and author of Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director General of MI5 and numerous celebrated spy fiction novels. The event will be chaired by Dr Malcolm Craig, IASH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

If you wish to put a question to the panel, please email us at with the subject heading ‘The Secret State’

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