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Brumley and Cybersecurity Fellow Published in “International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence”

Caroline Burks, a 2020-21 Brumley Fellow and a Cybersecurity Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently published a paper “The Psychology of ‘Orwell the Snitch’: Applying Psychological Theories of Agent Recruitment” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

The paper employs several widely-accepted theories on the motivations of human intelligence sources to explain the role of celebrated writer George Orwell supporting the British Foreign Office’s program to organize British authors and publishing houses to create anti-Communist material during the Cold War. The original paper was prepared to satisfy requirements in the LBJ School’s Spring 2020 seminar on Covert Action and U.S. Foreign Policy.

The full paper is available here.