Need to Know presenters and abstracts
The topics for this years conference are finally ready. See our presenter´s short description of the papers they will be submitting just before the conference. Prepare yourself for in-depth cold war topics from the worlds leading historians on intelligence.
PhD, historian, the graduate of the Historical Institute of the University of Warsaw, the employee of the Department of Archival Research and Source Edition of the Archives of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw. Author of the in depth monography „Wywiad cywilny Polski Ludowej w latach 1945-1961” [Civil Intelligence of People's Poland in the years 1945-1961”] (Warsaw 2017, vol. 1-2).
(born 1965), Ph.D. in History,
2016-present – senior researcher at the Historical Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Warsaw. Co-organizer of the “Need to Know” international conferences since 2011 together with Anna Piekarska (presently deputy director of the Museum of Polish History) and Thomas W. Friis (University of Southern Denmark). A former member of the editorial board of „Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość” (bi-annually of IPN), member of the editorial board “Wywiad i kontrwywiad Polski XX w.” (Polish intelligence and counterintelligence in XXth Century, published annually). He published on Polish-Russian relations, intelligence and counter-intelligence of Polish underground during the German occupation of Poland, and Polish communist intelligence. His in depth monograph (800 pages) on the Polish communist intelligence operations against the Holy See (Vatican) in the period from 1962 to 1978 is due to appear in autumn 2019.
Marte Stavrum Fagertun
Assistant professor/Lecturer in History at Nord University Bodø
Delivered master’s thesis spring 2018 with the titel: “Forgotten memories? Operation Asphalt, captain Arntzen and seven types of forgetfulness”
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Thomas Wegener Friis
Ph.d., Associate Professor at the Center for Cold War Studies of the University of Southern Denmark. He is co-founder and co-organizer of the Need to Know conference series which have convened yearly since 2011. In the last few years, he has been vising scholar at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr, University of Uppsala, the Institute of Nationale Remembrance, and the Bar-Ilan University. He is Regional Editor of for Northern and Central Europe for “Intelligence, Security and Public affairs” and guest editor of “International Journal for Intelligence and National Security”. His main fields of research are intelligence and security of the Cold War in Northern Europe, Foreign relation of Denmark, and Central- and Eastern European history.
Ph. D. research fellow at the Historic Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and Assistant Professor at the War Studies University, Department of Terrorism Studies in Warsaw. He received his Ph.D. from the Warsaw University, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science in 2016. He is currently conducting research on Polish intelligence services, on relations between Communist Poland, the Middle East, African countries, on factions within the Polish United Workers’ Party, and the ties between the Soviet Bloc and international terrorism during the Cold War.
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MA MLIS has been involved with Canada’s Federal archives since 1989, first with the Directorate of History at the Department of National Defence, before joining what is now Library and Archives Canada in 1992. After a number of years as an Access to Information Analyst, specialising in applying the Access to Information Act to some of Canada’s National Archives most highly classified records, and two years as an archivist working with the personal papers of Canadian politicians, he became an archivist responsible for Federal Government records.
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Dr. Constant Hijzen is an Assistant Professor in Intelligence Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Institute for History at Leiden University (the Netherlands). He is head of the research group of Intelligence and Security of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. He is also affiliated to the Institute for History of Leiden University. In his dissertation, he focused on the political, bureaucratic, and societal context of the Dutch security services. His current research focuses on the way Western security services lived through a paradigm shift from communism to terrorism as the most important target (1968-present).
is the Head of Security & Resilience Programme and Research Fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security since 2017. Previously he has been a practitioner in the field of security for more than 13 years. Amongst other positions in Estonian public service, he has been an adviser at the National Security and Defence Coordination Unit of the Estonian Government Office and head of the Internal Security Institute of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.
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MA in history and anthropology & MLIS. Archivist at The Workers’ Museum & The Labour Movement’s Library and Archive in Copenhagen since 2002. His main archival/study field is Danish left-wing organisations and politicians, especially the communist movement. He has published articles and books about the Danish Communist Party, communists biographies, Danish-Soviet relations, the Comintern and the October Revolution. He is co-editor of the historical journal Arbejderhistorie and is currently working on a project about the clandestine activities of the Comintern in Scandinavia.
Employee of the Katowice branch of the Institute of National Remembrance. He specializes in the history of military intelligence and counterintelligence of the People's Republic of Poland during the Cold War. It also deals with multilateral and bilateral cooperation of relevant services of the Soviet bloc.
Author and editor of „Instructions for counterintelligence work of the Military Internal Service along with instructions for keeping documentation and records (1957-1990)” (Cracow, 2010) and „Internal regulations of the Military Internal Service (military counterintelligence)” (Cracow, 2018).