The University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS)

Professor Anthony Glees and Dr Julian Richards write:

‘The new term started yesterday and we are truly delighted that we now have twenty-one outstanding students taking our MA, MPhil and PhD programmes. Most students come from the UK but others come from the USA, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Nigeria, and the Czech Republic. We warmly welcome all of them and hope that their interest in the subjects we teach (which focus on intelligence-led activity, in particular security and counter-terrorism policy with the British intelligence model at the heart of our work) will help them to achieve their own personal career goals’.

‘The Centre’s Staff have had a busy summer, with conference presentations at the University of Ulster, in the Library of Congress, Washington DC and at many other significant events, both in the UK and abroad’. Professionals from the UK, the USA, the Caricom States and the European Union have approached the Centre as a source of information and analysis throughout the past year. Equally, the Centre has been frequently quoted in the international media — see, for example, today’s Google News page

‘Anthony Glees and Julian Richards continue to offer their professional support and advice to the European Ideas Network (EIN) and will be speaking at the EIN’s annual ‘University’ which this year is coming to Vienna’. Mindful of the fact that current security challenges can only be addressed by nation states working together in deep and trusted relationships, they are committed to continuing to underpin the EIN’s work both within the European Union and beyond, especially to the United States of America. They applaud the efforts of the EPP to work together on this issue. Recent arrests in the USA would appear to indicate that all western democracies continue to be seen as targets by violent Islamist extremists, whether coming from within or without; at the same time, there is increasing evidence of right-wing extremism’.

‘Studying intelligence-led security activity make sense to individuals but it is also makes perfect sense to governments who want to preserve their liberty. This is entirely appropriate. Good security is not the antithesis of liberal democracy but its soulmate; indeed the precondition for its survival’.

‘It is not surprising that the Centre is growing and flourishing and is almost certainly now the biggest practice-oriented Security and Intelligence Learning Programme in the European Union — or that so many excellent students have sought us out to study this subject’.

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