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February 23, 2019

As part of the Out of the Shadows project, we collaborated with WJEC/CBAC (the Welsh Exam Board) to organise events in various schools. We identified the Global Citizenship Challenge of the Welsh Baccalaureate as an area in which the project could make a contribution....

September 13, 2018

We are back after the summer break and it's a good time for a write-up on the project's Teachers Training event on Politics, History, and the Global Citizenship component of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Twenty-five teachers from Welsh and English schools attended the all-d...

July 15, 2018

For those scholars working on the history of intelligence and covert operations, the clandestine nature of the secret state poses many research-related challenges. However, a different challenge is faced in the classroom, whether that is in a secondary school or univer...

June 21, 2018

Senedd, Cardiff, 20th June 2018 

The 'Children, Young People and Democracy in Wales' event aimed to draw attention to and stimulate thinking about key issues relating to the place of children and young people in Welsh democracy today and the opportunities for nurturing...

May 17, 2018

Christopher Moran, Mark Stout, Ioanna Iordanu, Paul Maddrell, Spy Chiefs, Volume 1: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom, (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2018, Price $29.95 Pp 352; ISBN 9781626165199.

This review will appear in the Jour...

February 19, 2018

In our third episode, we have a chat with Michael Poznansky, Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Intelligence Studies at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh. Michael's research looks at democracies and co...

November 15, 2017

We are reposting here an article originally published on the British Academy website. The article gives an overview of the project so far and also of Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to Swansea University and her views on our project.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary...

September 17, 2017

What does it mean for a Presidency to be 'Imperial'? Who were the 'Imperial' presidents? How do presidents make decisions in foreign policy? And what happens when those decisions turn into failure, like the Bay of Pigs invasion? How influential have the CIA and conspir...

August 2, 2017

We travelled to Nottingham to meet Dr Rory Cormac, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. In this episode we discuss Rory's career and his interest in intelligence. Most of the episode explores Rory's latest book (co-authored wi...

July 31, 2017

Fred Kaplan, a national security journalist at Slate, is the author of several successful books detailing the politics of national security within the United States. His books have included: The Wizards of Armageddon on the scientists behind the US nuclear programme an...

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The project is funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

It aims at establishing a network of ECRs researching covert action in US and UK history and at engaging secondary schools students and teachers.

Let's bring covert action to the classroom.

Project contacts:

Luca Trenta

Department of Political and Cultural Studies

College of Arts and Humanities,

Swansea University,

Singleton Park,



Tel: +441792602633

Email: l.trenta@swansea.ac.uk



19th July: Teachers Training, CPD event for Politics, History and Welsh Baccalaureate teachers, Swansea University.


20th June, Children, Young People and Democracy in Wales, Workshop, Senedd Cardiff.

7th March, SEREN Network Masterclass: drones and targets killing, Rhondda Cynon Taff/ Merthyr Tydfil Seren Hub

19th December, Year 9: Aspiring to Higher Education Conference, Workshop, Swansea University.

23rd November, Being Human Festival, The Cuban Missile Crisis at 55, Masterclass. 

17th October, National Assembly for Wales: Gorwel Masterclass on the origins of British and American intelligence with Dr Huw Bennett.

14th October, Workshop on Leadership Qualities, Hillary Clinton's visit to Swansea University.

15th September, Out of the Shadows Conference 2017, Swansea University.

26th June, Bishop Vaughan Catholic School: Seminar on electoral interference


22nd May, London, Friends House

Out of the Shadows Workshop: Researching covert action

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