Stephen Marrin



Stephen Marrin’s career has developed both in the United States Intelligence Community and in academia. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Intelligence Analysis Program at James Madison University in the USA and also holds a visiting fellowship with Brunel University. Stephen Marrin is the chair of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association. He holds a PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the same university. He specialized in intelligence analyst training as well as the study of the intelligence policy of the American government. He has authored books on intelligence analysis such as Improving Intelligence Analysis: Bridging the Gap between Scholarship and Practice or chapters such as “American Intelligence: Guiding the Ship of State Along a River of Power” in the Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies.



Bob de Graaff


Bob de Graaff is professor for intelligence and security studies, working in the Department for History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He was trained as a historian and held positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Institute for Netherlands History in The Hague, The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam, the University Leiden, and the Netherlands Defense Academy in Breda. He was professor for societal reconstruction after conflict at the University of Utrecht (2005-2010), professor for terrorism and counterterrorism at the Campus The Hague of the University of Leiden (2007-2009) and professor for intelligence and security at the Netherlands Defense Academy (2010-2017). In 1991 he was one of the founders of the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA), of which he is still a board member. He is also board member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE). In 2015 he was co-founder of IAFIE’s European chapter, of which he is currently the chairman. Bob de Graaff has written extensively on intelligence, security, terrorism, radicalization and apocalyptic violence. Currently he works on a multimedi project on intelligence toegether with the Dutch publishing company Boom (Amsterdam).

Randolph H. Pherson


Randolph H. Pherson has been developing and teaching Structured Analytic Techniques and critical thinking and writing skills to analysts throughout the intelligence, homeland security, and defense communities as well as in the private sector and overseas. He has authored, co-authored, or edited nine books, including Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence and Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Globalytica, LLC, Mr. Pherson has developed and taught courses in over two dozen countries, facilitated over a dozen Strategic Foresight workshops, and recently launched a new online Critical Thinking course. He also is President of Pherson Associates, which supports US Intelligence Community (IC) programs and founding director of the non-profit Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence. Mr. Pherson worked as an analyst and manager in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 28 years, last serving as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Latin America. While at the CIA, he worked on the Inspector General’s staff, developed a strategic planning process for the agency, and served as the deputy executive director. He is the proud recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his service as NIO for Latin America and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. He has an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University.

Christopher R. Moran




Dr. Christopher R. Moran is an Associate Professor of US National Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK). He is the author of two monographs – Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA (St. Martin’s, 2016) and Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain (CUP, 2013), which won the 2014 St. Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year Award. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Intelligence History. He is currently writing a history of Richard Nixon and the CIA, supported by the British Academy.