By Linda Risso
This ebook bargains the 1st account of the basis, organization and actions of the NATO details provider (NATIS) through the chilly War.
During the chilly struggle, NATIS was once pivotal in bringing nationwide delegations jointly to debate their protection, info and intelligence issues and, while applicable or attainable, to plan a typical reaction to the ‘Communist threat’. even as, NATIS liaised with our bodies just like the Atlantic Institute and the Bilderberg crew within the try and advertise a coordinated western reaction. The NATO archive fabric additionally exhibits that NATIS conducted its personal info and intelligence activities.
Propaganda and Intelligence within the chilly struggle offers the 1st sustained learn of the background of NATIS during the chilly warfare. interpreting the function of NATIS as a discussion board for the trade of principles and strategies approximately the right way to increase and run propaganda programmes, this booklet offers a worldly knowing of the level to which nationwide info companies collaborated. by way of concentrating on the measure of cooperation on cultural and data actions, this research of NATIS additionally contributes to the background of NATO as a political alliance and reminds us that NATO used to be – and nonetheless is – essentially a political organisation.
This ebook might be of a lot curiosity to scholars of NATO, chilly warfare reviews, intelligence experiences, and IR typically.
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41 If Defty’s book has contributed to the understanding of the Information Research Depart ment’s activity and its role in shaping the NATO propaganda machinery, it did not examine the history and structure of the NATO Information Service. Giles Scott-Smith has published extensively on the Cultural Cold War, with a strong focus on the attempt of western information agencies to promote the concept of the Atlantic community. More recently, Scott-Smith has pro duced an interesting study of Interdoc.
55 It is precisely because NATO’s propaganda was the result of an ongoing compromise between the chang ing security and information priorities of its members that the national dimension needs to feed further into the analysis of the history of NATIS and of the Alliance itself. Also, because of the book’s well-defined focus on information policy, the history of the alliance is drawn upon only when it had a direct impact on the history of NATIS. So, for example, the withdrawal of the French from the integrated command structure and the relocation of the NATO headquarters to Brussels is examined here in relation to the direct impact that it had on NATIS’s work, including the recruiting of new staff and the reorganising of the Library, as well as management of the public embar rassment of being expelled from France.
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Propaganda and Intelligence in the Cold War: The NATO Information Service (Studies in Intelligence) by Linda Risso