Upcoming Event: Secrets and Spies: UK Intelligence Accountability February 28 On 5 March 2020, Abigail Watson, ORG's Research Manager, will join an expert panel at Chatham House to discuss the key themes of a new book by Jamie Gaskarth, who was recently a participant on ORG's podcast. About the event As an important global actor, the UK gathers intelligence material that helps inform decisions on issues such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, transnational crime and breaches of international humanitarian law. On the flip side, the UK was a major contributor to intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq war in 2003. Using the UK as a case study and drawing on new research and interviews conducted by Dr Jamie Gaskarth, the panel will reflect on UK intelligence accountability in the context of 21st century politics. How can democratic governments hold intelligence and security agencies to account when what they do is largely secret? Should intelligence organisations create ethics committees allowing the public more input into intelligence decisions? And what has been the impact of technological and social changes, including the rise of artificial intelligence and social media, on the UK intelligence machinery? You can reserve your attendance here. Image credit: Chatham House/Wikimedia Commons.