Collaboration Between Intelligence Services in the Present-Day World: Challenges and Issues

Author
Sergey Naryshkin
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
International Affairs: A Russian Journal of World Politics, Diplomacy and International Relations
Volume
67
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
2020
Institution
East View Information Services
Abstract
Seeking to ensure their national interests, states have traditionally taken advantage of opportunities offered by what is known as intelli- gence diplomacy, involving official bilateral or multilateral collaboration between foreign intelligence services. Foreign intelligence services have accumulated considerable experi- ence in working together in various areas, and this applies not only to allied countries. this experience conclusively proves that partnership makes it possible to solve many problems – those related to intelligence and those outside the bounds of “classic” intelligence operations. the experience of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, which is cur- rently marking its 100th anniversary, is interesting and instructive. Created on December 20, 1920, the Foreign Department of the Cheka, the original predecessor of Russia’s foreign intelligence services (the Foreign Department-the First Main Directorate-the SVR), established first official contacts with several intelligence services of other countries. Fair partnership agreements at that time were signed on the initiative of other countries’ intelligence services. this clearly shows that right from the start Russia’s intelligence service had a reputation as a strong, useful and reliable partner.
Topic
Security, Intelligence, International Cooperation, Spy
Political Geography
Russia, Europe