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The CIA and the Politics of US Intelligence Reform

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  • Date Published: September 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316638064

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  • Examining the political foundations of American intelligence policy, this book develops a new theory of intelligence adaptation to explain the success or failure of major reform efforts since World War II. Durbin draws on careful case histories of the early Cold War, the Nixon and Ford administrations, the first decade after the Cold War, and the post-9/11 period, looking closely at the interactions among Congress, executive branch leaders, and intelligence officials. These cases demonstrate the significance of two factors in the success or failure of reform efforts: the level of foreign policy consensus in the system, and the ability of reformers to overcome the information advantages held by intelligence agencies. As these factors ebb and flow, windows of opportunity for reform open and close, and different actors and interests come to influence reform outcomes. Durbin concludes that the politics of US intelligence frequently inhibit effective adaptation, undermining America's security and the civil liberties of its citizens.

    • Provides a thorough, accessible historical account of US intelligence reform efforts since World War II, and will help readers understand current debates over surveillance, oversight, and other intelligence-related activities
    • Introduces a new analysis of recently declassified documents from the last seventy years
    • Outlines the likely responses of US policymakers to future terrorist attacks or spying scandals, improving readers' understanding of intelligence politics, and helping policymakers pursue more effective reforms in the future
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316638064
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Politics, the CIA, and the pathology of intelligence reform
    2. Understanding intelligence reform
    Part I. Adapting to the Early Cold War:
    3. The founding of US Central Intelligence, 1941–1946
    4. US Intelligence and the early Cold War, 1947–1953
    Part II. Adapting to the Collapse of the Cold War Consensus:
    5. US Intelligence at the advent of détente, 1968–1974
    6. Politicizing US Intelligence, 1974–1978
    Part III. Adapting to the End of the Cold War:
    7. Intelligence for a New World Order, 1989–1992
    8. Scandal, study, and stasis, 1992–1996
    Part IV. Adapting to the Post-9/11 Era:
    9. Intelligence reform after 9/11, 2001–2004
    10. Intelligence in an age of terror, 2004–2015
    11. What have we learned?

  • Author

    Brent Durbin, Smith College, Massachusetts
    Brent Durbin is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Smith College, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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