Donald Trump and the Spectre of Russian Intelligence, featuring Dr. Christopher Andrew

2017, Democracy, Media + Information

Allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election have dominated news coverage of Donald Trump’s Presidency since his inauguration and show no signs of abating. Evidence of contact between members of the Trump campaign team and Russian officials continue to surface and have implicated members of the President’s immediate family. The appointment of a special prosecutor in the person of Robert Mueller following the firing of FBI Director James Comey has kept these allegations in the media.

To engage with these important issues, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies has partnered with SFU Public Square to present an event entitled Donald Trump and the Spectre of Russian Intelligence featuring Dr. Christopher Andrew, official historian of MI5. Dr. Andrew, an internationally renowned expert on espionage, will present a lecture on Russian intelligence operations, how they might have sought to influence the US presidential election, and assess the vulnerability of other western democracies, including our own. His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with other experts on intelligence history and the media.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017

7:00 p.m. (PT)

Segal School of Business
Room 1200
500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Christopher Andrew

Professor Christopher Andrew is founder and convenor of the Cambridge University Intelligence Seminar, Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Former President of Corpus Christi College, Official Historian of MI5 from 2003 to 2010, Chairman of the UK Study Group on Intelligence, Honorary Professor at Queens University, Belfast, Former Honorary Air Commodore of 7006 Squadron (Intelligence) RAuxAF and Former Visiting Professor at Harvard, Toronto and the Australian National University. He has presented numerous BBC documentaries, including, for 12 years, the Radio 4 series What If? He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the US National Defense University (formerly JMIC) and has been an invited lecturer at CSIS, CIA, NSA and the Office of the DNI. Professor Andrew's 22 books include a number on the use and abuse of intelligence, which have been widely translated and have appeared on best-seller lists in four continents: among them For The President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to BushThe Mitrokhin Archive (2 vols with Vasili Mitrokhin); and The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5. Forthcoming: Secret World: The Making of Modern Intelligence from Moses to the Twenty-First Century (Penguin, 2018); Stars and Spies: Intelligence and Show Business from Marlowe to ‘The Americans’ (with Julius Green, 2020); The Cambridge History of Intelligence (3 vols; general editor, 2021/22)


André Gerolymatos

André Gerolymatos is a Professor and the holder of the Hellenic Canadian Congress of B.C. Chair of Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University. He is also the Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies. He studied Classics and Military History at Loyola College, Concordia University, and finally McGill University where he was awarded a Doctorate in History. Professor Gerolymatos has published extensively on military and diplomatic history of Greece, most recently An International Civil War: Greece, 1943-1949 with Yale University Press. He has also served as a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on National Security and is a frequent commentator in the media.

Alexandra Luce

Alexandra Luce teaches in the Intelligence Analysis graduate program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She has designed courses and taught for various institutions in the US and Canada, including the Royal Military College of Canada, Mercyhurst University, and the University of Texas. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, specializing in World War II intelligence operations.

Eunan O'Halpin

Eunan O'Halpin is Bank of Ireland Professor of Contemporary Irish History, and Director of the Trinity Centre for Contemporary Irish History. He was previously Professor of Government at Dublin City University (1998-2000). Educated at UCD and Cambridge, where he researched the history of the interwar British Treasury, he has written widely on aspects of 20th Irish and British history and politics, his most recent monograph being 'Spying on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War (Oxford, 2008). His current research interests include Afghanistan and the belligerents during the Second World War, and fatalities during the Irish revolution, 1916-1921. He is a Member (2003) of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow (2003) of Trinity College Dublin. From October to December 2012 he was Visiting Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Institute of Advanced Studies in Delhi, carrying out research in the National Archives of India and in the Nehru Memorial Library. Since coming to Trinity in 2000 Professor O'Halpin has supervised over twenty Ph.Ds on recent Irish and British history, many of which have since been or are in the process of being reworked for publication as monographs with university presses in the UK and Ireland. Professor O'Halpin is a member of the Board of Trinity College (2016-20, and 2005-12). He has served on the National Archives Advisory Council and the Department of Justice Archives Advisory Group, is a member and former chairman of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the Study of International Affairs and its National Committee for Historical Studies. He is a joint editor of the Royal Irish Academy Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series (1996-_), and a member of the International Board of 20th Century British History. Together with Dr Anne Dolan (TCD), Dr Michael Kennedy (Royal Irish Academy), and Dr Deirdre McMahon (University of Limerick), he convenes the weekly Research Seminar in Contemporary Irish History. He is a member of the government's Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations (2012-), and of the Barristers Professional Standards Appeals Board Board (2012-). Professor O'Halpin has just completed research for a major study of The Dead of the Irish Revolution 1916-1921,and is preparing a number of articles on aspects of Afghan history during the Second World War.