Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making: The Canadian Experience, Thomas Juneau and Stephanie Carvin
Thomas Juneau and Stephanie Carvin have produced an excellent and unique contribution to the intelligence studies field. Compared with research books on aspects of the U.S. intelligence community and perhaps to some extent Australia's intelligence community, works on Canada are still rare, and empirical studies such as this even rarer. The central theme is the role of intelligence analysis in policy-making within Canada from a contemporary institutional rather than “how to” perspective. The methodological approach draws on sixty-eight interviews with intelligence and policy-maker staff at all levels both current and former, which, along with the detailed analysis of secondary sources, provides an impressive foundation to explore how intelligence analysis has been used—or as they authors argue not used sufficiently by policy-makers in Ottawa. The semistructured interview approach used here is one I have used several times in my own research on intelligence governance and organizational reform across the “Five Eyes” intelligence communities over the last decade (see for example, Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis). Armed with a coherent methodological approach, the book thematically explores via five chapters the many structural/cultural barriers and even what they describe as sudden threats (or “electro-shock”) eve
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