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Public Policies of Intelligence Services





Pre-registered students will perform a selection which shall be communicated personally. Priority will be given to applicants who have greater need for the course in their professional or academic activities.



  • Dr. D. Joseph J. Sanmartín. Knowledge Professor of Political Science and Administration of the Department of State Legal Studies at the University of Alicante.
  • And other experts who will be involved in some sessions.


  • SECTION I: Public Policies in the field of Intelligence. Knowledge is power. Sources of Information Services. Specialized agencies in the nineteenth century. Revolution in Intelligence. The impact of the First World War. The sinking of the romantic myth of espionage. Mata Hari's case. The crisis between the wars. The threat of totalitarianism. The fight against Hitler's National Socialism. The brutality of the Second World War. The expansion of the Soviet regime. The Cold War.
  • BLOCK II : Rule of Law and Public Policy Intelligence. Reasons for disconnection. The myth of the Mossad. History and operations. The defence of the State of Israel. The political doctrine. Does the Mossad have an ideology? The reasons for its effectiveness. "Operation GARIBALDI" (capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, and his move to Israel). The trial of Eichmann in Jerusalem. Hanna Arendt's analysis. Infiltration as a professional technique. The question of the "moles", the most important cases. Moral boundaries: the controversy over "Operation Wrath of God," a conflict dilemma that continues to divide Israeli society: was justified retaliation against Black September terrorism? How far can there be a self-rule of law? The organizational structure and current Mossad operation. Its deployment in the East, their interests in the West.
  • SECTION III : The reconstitution of the CIA. The conflict between bureaucracy and efficiency. Privatization of Intelligence. Arguments for the public service nature of Intelligence. The fight against the Soviet enemy. The influence of lobbying on the CIA. President Kennedy's assassination, the evidence for and against the theory of "sole murderer." Conflicts with other information services of the United States. The National Security Agency. The Secret Service.
  • BLOCK IV : The KGB as a source of power in the communist regime. A function as political and professional. An efficient organization and hierarchicy. Figure dissonant Carlos. The prestige of Markus Wolf. The causes of the efficiency of the Intelligence GDR. The crisis of the eighties. The current Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation.
  • BLOCK V : The History of Intelligence in Spain. The first cells. Task forces. The reorganization by Carrero Blanco. The Seceda. Democratic reform, the CESID. The different stages of CESID, their successes and scandals. The coup d'état of February 23, 1981. The "GAL case and its background (Basque-Spanish Battalion). State terrorism as the antithesis-ethical, legal and political, of what must be the work of a democratic legal system. The CNI as a public service of democracy. The 2002 regulatory law.
  • SECTION VI : The depravity in the misuse of the Intelligence Services. The case of the totalitarian regime of the Third Reich. The Gestapo and other repressive organizations. Stalin's dictatorship. Moscow's purges in the thirties. The mass murders. The brutal Maoist ideology in China. The Pinochet regime. Repression as State policy in Argentina's military dictatorship. Torture and other attacks against human rights. The "disappeared." When crime becomes a daily occurrence. The false accusation as tactical intelligence.
  • SECTION VII : The sense of public service, the defence of the state. The true culture of Intelligence. The current concept of intelligence. The idea of International Security. West, "isolated to a new imperial "limes"? The history that keeps repeating: the constant threat of radicalism. The recovery of the first Roman Empire. The defence of political freedom as a cardinal principle of Western intelligence.


To obtain the status of "eligible", students must pass a multiple-choice test on course content to be held in the last class of the course (December 13, 2010) and should achieve a passing score on a written work monograph on an agenda item of the course. The final grade in the multiple-choice test will be obtained with a rating less than 5 points on a scale from 0 (minimum score) to 10 (maximum score. The scores obtained will be published on December 14, 2010, at 11 pm on the Notice Board of the Department of Political Science and Administration. The review of the examination will be held on December 17, 2010 from 9-14 pm and on December 20, 2010 from 17 to 20 hours in the Area of Science Policy and Administration.


The monograph written work will require the permission of the teacher as well as research on primary and secondary sources, and must be delivered by e-mail to jose . before November 30, 2010. The monograph written work must meet the following characteristics: a study to be completely original, written in single-spaced, with font Times New Roman, fontsize 12, minimum length of 5 pages. The monograph revision of written work will also be held on December 17, 2010 from 9-14 pm and on December 20, 2010 from 17-20 am in the area of Political Science and the Body. particularly value the originality of the monograph written work, and research on qualitative sources.


Attendance at all classroom sessions is obligatory, which will be attested by the sign-off sheet to be passed around in each class. Official certificates to validate any absence will be considered only at a maximum of 15% of the total classroom time, that is, or only an official certificate is valid to justify the failure to attend a class. Any other absence from class will be considered absence.


NOTE TO PARTIES: Please choose only the pre and/or registration for this course if you really can meet the requirements for taking and passing, given that for every seat available there is usually a much larger number of applications.

Pre-registration and registration
  • Pre-enrollment to date September 1, 2010, through Aplication form
  • Cost of tuition: €40.


Starting on September 3, 2010, the organizers of the course will contact selected candidates for the course in order to formalize their registration before September 8, 2010, inclusive. Those who run out of time without exercising their right to enrolment, shall fall within their rights, from their place to the next elector. There may be a reserve list from the group which are not selected for enrolment.


Schedules and Classroom

The course will begin on September 13, 2010 and end on December 13, 2010. The sessions will take place on Fridays from 18'30 to 21 instructional hours.

Political and Administration Science

Universidad de Alicante
Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (Spain)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 3581

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3686


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