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British-American intelligence in focus at free lecture

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Photo credit: “Intelligence for peace keeping. Antonio Achille helps monitor a ceasefire in Oum Dreypa, Western Sahara on behalf of the United Nations in 2010. UN Photo.”


British-American intelligence relationships and the weapons of mass destruction fiasco around the Iraq war are to be discussed in a free public lecture in Wrexham.

Professor Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, an authority on the history of US intelligence, will be speaking about the topic at Glyndŵr University from 7pm on Thursday 23 May.

The talk will consider previous US-UK relationships around intelligence and the impact of the European Union and the United Nations on intelligence.

Event organiser Katie Dutton said: “This latest talk is evidence of the great diversity and breadth of topics which we cover through our public lectures.

“I am sure Professor Jeffreys-Jones’s insight into British and American intelligence will prove to be fascinating for everyone from keen historians to those with just a general interest in current affairs.”

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Edinburgh. His family has a Welsh-language literary tradition – his father wrote a play about Owain Glyndŵr and his great grandfather wrote a poem on the same theme.

He took his BA in Aberystwyth and his PhD at Cambridge University, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Harvard, Toronto and Berlin.

He is an authority on the history of US intelligence – amongst his twelve books are histories of the CIA and the FBI, both published by Yale University Press.

Recently he has expanded his research to investigate intelligence liaison as it affects the United Kingdom and the European Union. Oxford University Press is about to publish the resultant book, In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence.

“The British-American Intelligence Relationship: Historical Perspectives” starts at 7pm on Thursday 23 May in the Catrin Finch Centre at Glyndŵr University Wrexham.

The lecture is free to attend but reservations are required. To book a space email lectures@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466.
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