West European Studies | Select Topics in West European Studies
W605 | 27986 | Coyle, G
Topic: Major Events 20th Century Espionage 3 cr.
2:30 pm-3:45pm TR
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Above section meets with SPEA-V 550.
Espionage and intelligence operations have affected the outcome of
many political and military events of the last one hundred years,
but it is often decades later before that secret side of history
becomes known and the true story of those events become available.
For example, the assessment of many WW II military decisions changed
once knowledge of the Allies’ ability to read German and Japanese
codes, and of the system of double agents that deceived Hitler about
the D-Day landings, eventually became public. The Cuban Missile
Crisis might have turned out differently had it not been for the
role of CIA spy Oleg Penkovsky and the U-2 spy plane. The course
will look at a number of such historically important moments of
espionage from WW I through the current Global War On Terrorism.
Most of the sessions will focus on the role of the Russian, American
and British intelligence services as they were the major
protagonists for much of the century and geographically on Europe
where many of the major espionage activities took place. Along with
the political contest between the NATO and Warsaw Pact countries
throughout the Cold War, there was a parallel, hidden and at times
more deadly struggle carried out in the shadows and back streets of
Berlin, London and Moscow by the respective intelligence officers of
the two camps.
We will look at not only the political outcomes of these activities,
but the reasons why various officials from all sides became spies.
The course will examine the motivations of spies and explain how
real American, Russian and European intelligence officers go about
their tradecraft of targeting a person to become a spy, as opposed
to the Hollywood version of espionage. Most of the events to be
discussed will focus on human intelligence, or HUMINT, but students
will also examine the growth of Signals Intelligence and Imagery
Intelligence. The course is taught by a serving CIA officer here
as a visiting professor and will include guest speakers from the
U.S. Intelligence Community.