Hannes Richter

6th Annual Botstiber Lecture | Espionage and Intelligence in the 21st Century

Hannes Richter

On May 30, 2014, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies hosted a panel discussion entitled “Espionage and Intelligence in the 21st Century: How did we get here and where do we go from here? – An Austrian-American Discussion” at the Austrian Embassy. Speakers included Audrey Kurth Cronin (George Mason University), James Jay Carafano (Heritage Foundation), Timothy Naftali (New York University), Siegfried Beer (University of Graz), John Irvin (NOIR for USA), Guenter Bischof (CenterAustria, University of New Orleans).

About the panelists

Siegfried Beer, Director of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian American Studies, is a professor of late modern and contemporary history at the University of Graz and the director of the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies

Günter Bischof, an Austrian-American historian, is a Marshall Plan professor of history at the University of New Orleans where he specializes in 20th century diplomacy.

James Carafano is the director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and the deputy director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

Audrey Kurth-Cronin is a Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Research Associate at the Changing Character of War Program and Center for International Studies at Oxford University.

John Irvin is a former Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service Officer and current Vice Chairman at NOIR for USA, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is it to educate and promote NOIR concepts and ideas to improve U.S. national security by fixing problems inside spies. 

Timothy Naftali, director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives at New York University, previously taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Hawaii and Yale, where he focused on the history of counterterrorism and the Cold War.