Witness to change


NISA 25th anniversary conference 1991 - 2016 Intelligence Analysis in a Changing Environment Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016 in The Hague

On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016 the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA)celebrated its 25th anniversary with an inspiring two-days conference. Main theme was the strongly changed environment of the intelligence analyst during these past 25 years.

In other words: the 25th anniversary as a symbol for the revolutionary changes in the intelligence world with which analysts have to deal; both external developments (the onset of a multipolar world, asymmetric conflicts, the information revolution), and internal changes (in collecting, processing, dissemination,legitimization and supervision).

These developments forced intelligence analysts and organisations to adapt work processes and methods and techniques. Intelligence analysts still mostly operate in secret, but the demands of intelligence consumers and the public have changed over the last 25 years. Social and technological developments have changed the playing field and the rules of the game for the intelligence analyst, leading to an enormous growth in(publicly) available information and means of communication, and demands for more transparency and accountability. Aim of the conference is to touch on the consequences of this changed environment, and to look ahead.

The Conference was held at the Nationaal Archief (the National Archive),
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 20,
The Hague, the Netherlands