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A Faithful Spy, by Jimmy Burns

A Faithful Spy, by Jimmy Burns

A biography of the spy Walter Bell is absorbing and offers fresh insight.

Jimmy Burns’ biography of Walter Bell, charts the life of one of Britain’s most successful and influential intelligence officers. The fact that Bell is so little known outside of intelligence circles testifies to this success. Walter Bell appears to have been a...

Jimmy Burns on The Faithful Spy

Jimmy Burns on The Faithful Spy

Walter Bell was a spy in both MI5 and MI6. His biographer chats about Bell and his life.
Jimmy Burns

Jimmy Burns, who was Walter Bell? When Water Bell died in January 2004, aged ninety-four, the details of his life-not least of his professional career in the British secret services during a defining period in the history of modern espionage and security-remained a...

NATO: From the Cold War to Ukraine, by Sten Rynning

NATO: From the Cold War to Ukraine, by Sten Rynning

Essential reading for politicians and soldiers.

At a time when the UK is at war by proxy – providing intelligence, weapons and training to Ukraine – and relying on Article Five of the NATO treaty for our own security, this is a most timely book. The author, Sten Renning, is a Danish professor who has been a student...

Spies, by Calder Walton

Spies, by Calder Walton

Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West sounds a klaxon for the future.

Russian spies have moved into cyberspace. Their digital fingerprint is on the 2016 American elections, and all over the cultural wars. They find existing cracks in Western discourse, around Brexit or Black Lives Matter, for example, and seek to rip them still wider....

Calder Walton

Calder Walton

Espionage, history and inspiration.

Calder Walton, what first attracted you to the study of espionage? When I was an undergraduate, I read Christopher Andrew’s ground-breaking book, The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB and the West (1999). At the time, I was actually studying medieval history— learning about...

A New Cold War

A New Cold War

Five lessons to keep in mind in the coming months and years of our new stand-off with China.

Are we in a new Cold War? If not, how is it best to describe the struggle between China and Western democracies? Some have suggested “hot peace”— but such wordplay doesn’t get us far. In fact, as far as intelligence and national security are concerned, the West is...

Calder Walton

Calder Walton

Calder Walton is one of the world's leading historians of intelligence and national security. His most recent book is  Spies. The Epic Intelligence War between East and West (2023). Described as “riveting” by The Economist and “a masterpiece” by Professor Christopher Andrew, it is a best-selling exposé of the history of Russian intelligence. Spies reveals that, contrary to what many in the West thought, the Cold War did not end with the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, but in fact continued after, down to the present day. Today, the West is in a new Cold War with Russia and China. SPIES builds on Calder's first (award-winning) book, Empire of Secrets. British Intelligence and the Twilight of Empire (2013).
Calder Walton

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AoH Book Club: Michael Smith on the Real Special Relationship

AoH Book Club: Michael Smith on the Real Special Relationship

The British and American secret services have had a strong relationship since the Second World War, so much so that it’s this liaison we should focus on as special.

Michael, The Real Special Relationship book deals with the intelligence relationship going back to the Second World War between Britain and the US. Where and when did that relationship begin? There had been ad hoc intelligence cooperation between MI5 and the FBI...

Espionage In The UK

Espionage In The UK

Now that we in the West have entered a new phase in our relationship with Russia, it’s worth recalling the Cold War when Britain was a battleground of espionage.
Mark Hollingsworth

In 1970, there were so many Soviet intelligence agents operating undercover in London that MI5 was hopelessly over-extended.  The scale and extent of KGB espionage operations in the UK, threatening to overwhelm not just MI5 but the security of the state. It resulted...

Secrets & The Public Interest

Secrets & The Public Interest

The story of Walter Bell, MI6 and MI5 officer.
Jimmy Burns

Secrets & The Public Interest In October 2005, while the late MI6 and MI5 officer Walter Bell’s personal papers were gathering dust , undiscovered in the basement of his London home, the historian Peter Hennessy, in the prestigious  annual Cambridge Hinsley...