Peter Gill

Gill, Peter. "Evaluating Intelligence Oversight Committees: The UK Intelligence and Security Committee and the 'War on Terror.'" Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 14-37.

"It is reasonable to conclude that the ISC has probably exceeded the expectations of some ... in terms of its access to information and success in establishing itself as a serious critic of the agencies. Yet it might also be criticized for timidity because it sees itself more as a part of the Whitehall machine for the management of the security intelligence commnunity than as its overseer." [italics in original]


Gill, Peter. "The Evolution of the Security Intelligence Debate in Canada Since 1976." In Security and Intelligence in a Changing World: New Perspectives for the 1990s, eds. Stuart Farson, David Stafford, and Wesley K. Wark, 75-94. London, Frank Cass, 1991.


Gill, Peter. Policing Politics: Security Intelligence and the Liberal Democratic State. London: Frank Cass, 1994. London: Frank Cass, 1994. [pb]

Gill, Peter. "Reasserting Control: Recent Changes in the Oversight of the UK Intelligence Community." Intelligence and National Security 11, no. 2 (Apr. 1996): 313-331.

Gill, Peter. "Securing the Globe: Intelligence and the Post-9/11 Shift from 'Liddism' to 'Drainism.'" Intelligence and National Security 19, no. 3 (Autumn 2004): 467-489.

This article considers "[c]hanges since 9/11 in law, doctrine, the intelligence process ... and oversight" with regard to the security intelligence agencies, and concludes "that there is a danger of the rebirth of independent security states."


Gill, Peter. "Security Intelligence and Human Rights: Illuminating the 'Heart of Darkness'?" Intelligence and National Security 24, no. 1 (Feb. 2009): 78-102.

This article discusses the "changed context [over the past two decades] for security intelligence; the place of it within law, rights and ethics; aspects of intelligence practice posing particular threat to rights such as informers and interrogation and, finally, the challenge for intelligence oversight."


Gill, Peter. "Symbolic or Real? The Impact of the Canadian Security Intelligence Review Committee, 1984-88." Intelligence and National Security 4, no. 3 (Jul. 1989): 550-575.

Gill, Peter, and Mark Phythian. Intelligence in an Insecure World: Surveillance, Spies and Snouts. Malden, MA: Polity, 2006.

According to Peake, Studies 51.2 (2007), the authors offer what they see as a theory of intelligence that "involves adopting political and social science concepts not often encountered in the study of intelligence.... But in the end, the reader is left wondering just how their ideas for a 'more self-consciously analytical and theoretical' approach to intelligence will help." This work "may help clarify the nature of the gap between intelligence professionals and elements of academia, but it does not close it." Glees, I&NS 24.5 (Oct. 2009), says that "[t]his is one of those rare textbooks that is actually a good and even amusing read."


Gill, Peter, Stephen Marrin, and Mark Phythian, eds. Intelligence Theory: Key Questions and Debates. London: Routledge, 2008.

Kahn, Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), notes that this work "assembles a dozen theoretically-directed articles on intelligence." For Webb, Studies 53.2 (Jun. 2009), the essays demonstrate that "scholars are still struggling with definitions.... [T]he debate promised in the subtitle never really takes place. Instead, the authors essentially talk past each other." The work "focuses too narrowly on failure." In the end, "a more robust set of questions and debates is still needed."


Gill, Peter, Mark Phythian, Stuart Farson, and Shlomo Shpiro, eds. Handbook of Global Security and Intelligence: National Approaches. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2008.

Warner, Studies 53.2 (Jun. 2009), calls this work "perhaps the most ambitious project to date for comparing intelligence systems.... The effort deserves praise for both the attempt and its results.... The Handbook's method produces useful evidence that is both contemporaneous and orderly." The book's "only real lack is that of sustained attention to how technology factors into different intelligence systems."


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