Beyond the Front Page

Beyond the Front Page

Beyond the Front Page is a weekly summary of facts and figured, broadly focused on U.S. and international economic issues.

Learn More

Our People

Permanent Link to Eileen Doherty
Eileen Doherty

A former White House aide to President Reagan, Eileen Doherty has years of experience in corporate communications strategy and public policy analysis.

Permanent Link to G. Philip Hughes
G. Philip Hughes

G. Philip Hughes draws on a wealth of high-level foreign policy experience in developing and managing message campaigns for international companies.

Permanent Link to Rupert Darwall
Rupert Darwall

London-based Rupert Darwall has two decades’ experience in finance and public policy, specialising in the intersection of the two.

WHWG Perspectives

Diplomacy & Intelligence: Strange Bedfellows

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the Intelligencer

Spies and diplomats; diplomats and spies. Funnily enough, each could use precisely Dorfman’s adage about the other.

Diplomacy – particularly effective diplomacy – depends on intelligence – particularly effective intelligence. For the purposes of this article, we use “diplomacy” to mean strategically purposeful official communication between and among governments intended to persuade other governments to cooperate with one’s own position or course of action, or to motivate collaboration on a collective solution to an international problem. By intelligence, we mean the collection by official governmental means of information on foreign parties and events/developments that is not otherwise publically available, along with forecasts and analyses, which may combine this information with other openly collected or public-source information, to support policymakers’ decision-making and/or military acquisition, deployment, or employment decisions.

Download the full article: Diplomacy & Intelligence: Strange Bedfellows