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This podcast series is brought to you by the members of SPIN, the Secrecy, power and ignorance research network ( As a network, we study issues and ideas related to the challenges and opportunities of secrecy and ignorance in society. Included in this series are talks that s… read more


Book Launch: The Covert Colour Line by Dr. Oliver Kearns

In this episode, SPIN member Dr. Oliver Kearns presents the findings from his new book, The Covert Colour Line. Oliver argues that postwar Western intelligence represents an emergency response to anti-colonialism. As European empires collapsed, intelligence analysts scrambled to come up with ways of studying new independent governments and populations, while still defending the right of the US and Britain to dictate Middle Eastern affairs. 

During this recording, Oliver presents some key ideas from The Covert Colour Line and hears from Dr. Claudia Hillebrand (University of Cardiff) and Dr. Shuk Ying Chan (UCL), who offer their thoughts on the book and its contributions. 

There is also a brief Q&A with the author at the end of the recording. 

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