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IWP hosts scholars’ presentation on East German foreign intelligence

The Institute of World Politics hosted a special "brown bag" lunch lecture on Thursday, April 9, given by two visiting scholars: Profs. Helmut Müller-Enbergs and Thomas Wegener Friis. Prof. Müller-Enbergs discussed  agents, handling and intelligence psychology, while Prof. Friis will speak on Denmark as an espionage case.  All IWP students and alumni were invited to attend.

The two scholars are in the United States for a book tour related to a presentation they gave recently at the CIA and a U.S. foreign policy conference in Dublin, Ireland (please click here for more information).  They are promoting their forthcoming book (release date summer 2009), which is entitled East German Foreign Intelligence: Myth, Reality and Controversy.

Helmut Müller-Enbergs is a leading German intelligence researcher and the leading scholar on East German espionage. Having worked in the Stasi archives for almost twenty years, he has had excellent access to unique material, especially concerning operative questions. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books about different aspects of intelligence and security. From 2003-2005, he headed the work group Rosenholz, which dealt with East German files acquired by the CIA in the early 1990's that have since been returned to Germany. From 2008-2009, Prof. Müller-Enbergs has been a guest professor at the University of Southern Denmark.

Thomas Wegener Friis is an assistant Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and network coordinator of the Centre for Cold War Studies at the university. He is an expert in Nordic and East German history, as well as intelligence in Northern Europe. He is the author of several books on this topic and co-author of the white book of the Danish government on Denmark during the Cold War.