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Espionage, Kidnapping, and the Dark Art of Spycraft at America’s Founding

Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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Espionage, Kidnapping, and the Dark Art of Spycraft at America’s Founding

Stephen F. Knott
Professor, U.S. Naval War College   

Wednesday, April 13
1:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


KnottContrary to popular myth, the American Founding Fathers had no scruples against using spycraft in ways that generate debate today. Prof. Stephen F. Knott’s article in Foreign Policy argues for this point, and he will expand upon this and related ideas with reference to the relationship between spycraft and the Founding Fathers. 

Stephen F. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Professor Knott received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of a book on Alexander Hamilton’s controversial image in the American mind, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, and has also published Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents. He is a co-author of The Reagan Years and At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House. His most recent book, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America, was published in September 2015.