From 22 to 24 June 2016, the 12. Annual IAFIE Conference, which at the same time was the first Annual Conference of the IAFIE’s European chapter, took place in Breda, Netherlands. The topic was “Connecting Intelligence Education Communities: Europe, North America, and Beyond”. Siegfried Beer participated in the panel on “Intelligence Publications”, also presenting the JIPSS to the audience.
On 10 Juni 2016, together with the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut for the Research of the Consequences of War, ACIPSS organized a panel entitled “Austrians and Austria in the intelligence history of the 1940s and 1950s” at the Austrian Day of Contemporary History at the University of Graz. Chaired by Siegfried Beer, the speakers were Robert Lackner (Exil-Österreicher im Nachrichtendienst der US Army im Zweiten Weltkrieg und ihre Rückkehr nach Österreich), Florian Traussnig (Österreicher als Produzenten und Rezipienten von US-“Kampfpropaganda im Zweiten Weltkrieg), Dieter Bacher (Politik oder doch Gefahr? Amerikanische und britische Einschäzungen zum kommunistischen Untergrund in Österreich 1945-1955) and Sabine Nachbaur (Die Darstellung der Aktivitäten der tschechoslowakischen Nachrichtendienste in Österreich in österreichischen Quellenbeständen 1948-1960).
On 18 May 2016, ACIPSS organized a workshop for students entitled “Current & Historic Conflicts”, which was moderated by Jeremy Stöhs. The speakers were Saskia Spreitz (“The Refugee Situation in Austria during the Bosnian War”), Jürgen Laber (“NATO’s Humanitarian Intervention in Kosovo 1999” and Duncan Bare (“Ukraine 2016 – Towards a Frozen Conflict?”). Pictures of the event are available here.
ACIPSS members Jeremy Stöhs and Robert Lackner attended the annual conference of the International Intelligence History Association (IIHA), which took place at the Museum of Military History in Dresden from 15 to 17 April 2016. While Stöhs lectured on “Naval Military Intelligence in the Asian Pacific”, Lackner presented the ongoing ACIPSS project on Austrian “Ritchie Boys” during the Second World War and their contribution to the US war effort. Pictures of the conference are available here.
In the light of an increasing number of conflicts around the globe, the Graz chapter of the the International Students of History Association (ISHA Graz) organized a workshop aimed at discussing current “Global Crises” on 19 November 2015. At this event ACIPSS was represented by Jeremy Stöhs and Lukas Nievoll. Dealing with security matters of truly global proportion, Jeremy Stöhs argued that while the world has not witnessed large-scale naval campaigns between major powers since the end of the Second World War, growing competition at sea indicate that the world has entered into a period of numerous potential naval conflicts. Lukas Nievoll, on the other hand, addressed the evolution of the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh, as it is also referred to. In his presentation he provided insight into the organization’s spectacular rise to power within a relatively short period of time. Both contributions spurred constructive discussions among the many scholars in the audience and underscored the cooperation between ACIPSS and ISHA Graz.