Need to Know V

Die 5. Tagung in der Reihe "Need to Know" findet am 5.-6. November 2015 an der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität in Greifswald statt.

Die Tagung wird in Zusammenarbeit vom Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, Center for Koldkrigsstudier - Syddansk Universitet, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald und Baltic Intelligence and Security Studies Association organisiert.

Die Tagung ist öffentlich und alle Interessierten sind herzlich willkommen. Bei Intersse melden sie sich bitte bei Anna Piekarska (PL) (anna.piekarska[at]

Die Konferenzsprache ist Englisch.



5 November, 2015


9.00-9.30 – Opening of the conference

9.30-11.45 – Session I – HUMINT: Methods, Networks and Secrets

Chair: Andrzej Paczkowski (Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Science, Poland)

* John Buckley (School of Law and Justice, Edith Cowan University, Australia/Great Britain)

Neither Interest nor Understanding - The failure of the Academic Community in the Management of Human Sources

* Mark Kramer (Harvard University, USA)

The Soviet Union's Recruitment of Spies in the United States, 1928-1953

* Jacek Tebinka (Gdansk University, Poland)

Soviet Secrets on Poland from the Mitrokhin Archives

* Erik Kulavig (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

Can you make a Dane out of a Russian?

* Berndt Schaefer (Woodrow Wilson International Center, USA)

Successful KGB Penetration of the BND: The Heinz Falfe Case from the CIA Perspective

* Discussion

11.45-12.15 – Coffee break

12.15-14.15 – Session II – Under Legal Cover

Chair: Władysław Bułhak (Institute of National Remembrance, Poland)

* Robert Oldach (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, Germany)

Legal Resident of the German Army in the Baltic Sea region

* Peer Henrik Hansen (Cold War Museum Langelandsfort, Denmark)

Racing and spying - legal travelers behind the Iron Curtain

* Magdolna Barath (Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security, Hungary)

Intelligence officers under diplomatic covering

* Wanda Jarząbek (German Studies Department at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Foreign correspondents and intelligence – a case study in activity of Polish correspondents aboard and foreign correspondents in Poland

* Discussion

14.15-16.00 – Lunch break

16.00-18.00 – Session III – Human Cases

Chair: Shlomo Shpiro (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) – TBC

* Przemysław Gasztold-Seń (Institute of National Remembrance, Poland)

„He's not a Polish Patriot”. Polish Military Intelligence Efforts to Recruit Pakistani Air Commodore Władysław Turowicz

* Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez (Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Israel's Best Spy or a Master Double Agent? New Light from the Soviet Angle on the Mystery of Ashraf Marwan

* Philipp Lesiak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Austria)

Times of exposure. After Ladislav Bittman's defection: insights into the main espionage-scandals of the Second Austrian Republic

* Cees Wiebes (Netherlands)

Balloons over Poland and the Baltic States

* Discussion


6 November, 2015


9.00-11.00Session IV – Leadership: Decisions and Perception

Chair: XXX

* Kurt Jensen (Carleton University, Department of Political Science, Canada)

Preparing for Intelligence Leadership

* Patryk Pleskot (Institute of National Remembrance, Poland)

Political science in intelligence studies. Decision-making theories as a key to understand secret services' activities

* Sumaia Al-Kohlani (University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

How Public Opinion on Terrorism and Counterterrorism Determine the Success and Failure of Intelligence

* Michael Fredholm (Stockholm International Program for Central Asian Studies, Sweden)

From Scientific Methods to Personal Information Management: How the Human Element in Swedish Intelligence Moved from the Age of Enlightenment into the 21st Century

* Discussion

11.00-11.30 – Coffee break

11.30-13.00 – Session V – Intelligence in Exile

Chair: Svend Gottschalk Rasmussen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

* Daniel Běloušek (Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, Department of Veterans Affairs, Czech Republic)

The Czechoslovak Intelligence Office during the years 1949-1957 – operational recruitment method called „white lines”

* Sławomir Łukasiewicz (Institute of National Remembrance, Poland)

Polish Communist military intelligence against Polish Cold War exile in the West before 1950. Selected aspects

* Cecilia Notini Burch (Department of War Studies, King's College London, United Kingdom)

The taxonomy of threat: intelligence analysis and surveillance of foreigners in Cold War Sweden

* Discussion

13.00-15.00 – Lunch break

15.00-17.00 – Session VI – Intelligence Studies Today (Open session)

Chair: Jens E. Olesen (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, Germany)

* Helmut Müller-Enbergs (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark/Germany)

HUMINT in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – TBC

* Michael Andregg (University of St. Thomas, USA)

The US Decision to Invade Iraq in March, 2003, Chasing Phantom WMDs: How Human Intelligence was Used, Abused and Politicized to „fix the facts around the policy

* Benjamin Fischer (USA)

Doubles Troubles: CIA's Recruitment of Double Agents and the Psychology of Deception

* Łukasz Kamiński (Institute of National Remembrance, Poland)

Overcoming the past. Communism, state security and vetting in Poland

* Thomas Wegener Friis (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

The class struggle never stops. A Danish Journalist against the Federal Republic of Germany

* Discussion