Intelligence, Science and Public Policy

20 February 2015

Professor Wilhelm Agrell and Dr. Gregory F. Treverton participated in a CATS-sponsored roundtable at the International Studies Association's (ISA) Annual Convention in New Orleans (February 18th-21st).

The roundtable's point of departure was the recently published book "Beyond the Great Divide: Relevance and Uncertainty in National Intelligence and Science for Policy" (Oxford University Press), co-authored by Agrell and Treverton. The theme of the roundtable was how the sciences and intelligence are being shaped as both increasingly are thrust into the debate about major public policy issues. The roundtable also devoted attention to what intelligence can learn from practice in medicine, journalism and a range of other domains of human inquiry. Some broader themes from the book served as the base for the roundtable discussion:

•Learning from other Domains: E.g. Medicine, journalism, Archaeology

•Politicization and its Variants: The discussion might explore that and other cases from other disciplines that became "politicized."

•Is Intelligence Becoming More Scientific?

More information about the Annual Convention.