The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee
Volume I: From the Approach of World War II to the Suez Crisis
Routledge – 2014 – 528 pages
This first volume of the Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee draws upon a range of released and classified papers to produce the first, authoritative account of the way in which intelligence has been used to inform UK foreign policy.
For more than half a century, the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) has been a central player in the secret machinery of the British Government, acting as broker between the intelligence agencies and the policy-makers. Since its creation, the JIC has been involved in almost every key foreign policy decision taken by the British Government. This volume covers the evolution of the JIC in 1936 and culminates with its role in the fateful events of Suez in 1956. Throughout this period the JIC was a sub-committee of the Chiefs of Staff, and this book charts its vital input into key foreign and defence policy decisions and British responses to global developments.
This book will be of much interest to students of intelligence studies, British politics, international diplomacy, security studies and International Relations in general.
Foreword by Jon Day Glossary Introduction Part I: Origins, 1936-1939 1: Why Joint Intelligence? 2: Building a Foundation Part II: War, 1939-1945 3: The Onset of War: 1939-1940 4: Stabilisation: 1941-1942 5: Preparing for the End, 1943-1945 Part Three: New Threats, 1945-1957 6: A New Identity, 1945-1957 7: Creating a World-Wide Intelligence Network 8: Changing Enemies: The Rise of the Soviet Union, 1945-1947 9: The Bear: The Emergence and Stabilisation of the Cold War, 1947-1957 10: Studying the Soviet War Machine 11: War in the Far East: Part I – Conflict in China and Korea 12: War in the Far East: Part II – Problems n the Colonies 13: Adventures in the Middle East: Part I – The Rise of Nationalism 14: Adventures in the Middle East: Part II – The Suez Crisis Conclusion