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Building Bridges in Intelligence Education: NIU Conducts Seminar in Chile

December 27, 2012

NIU and the Chilean Defense Ministry's National Academy of Policy and Strategic Studies (ANEPE) discussed mutual intelligence issues during an international seminar on 12-13 November in Santiago, Chile. The 35 attendees included analysts and managers from various organizations in the Chilean government, as well as leaders from ANEPE and policy study centers at Chilean universities. This seminar is part of NIU's ongoing outreach to international partners, to foster relationships with intelligence education programs in other countries and serve an important role in enhancing international intelligence collaboration and integration.

Drawing on the University's faculty expertise, the international seminars utilize classroom discussions and interactive exercises to facilitate an open exchange of ideas with international professionals in national security, law enforcement, and intelligence. Four NIU faculty members presented topics ranging from intelligence oversight to analysis. Topics included The Transformation of Analysis by Mr. Steven Carey, Issues of Intelligence Oversight by Mr. Gerald Sherrill, Improving Warning by Dr. Joseph Gordon, and Challenges Facing Intelligence Services in Democracies by Dr. Russell Swenson.

The wide variety of government officials and policy experts provided a mix of perspectives which generated some lively discussions as participants explored mutual challenges to intelligence organizations and processes, as well as potential solutions. The program demonstrated how collaboration was critical, with one Chilean official noting the "the more we share knowledge and experiences—both U.S. and Chilean—the more we can find ways to effectively deal with common problems."



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