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Title: Intelligence Analysis and Social Science Methods: Exploring the Potential for and Possible Limits of Mutual Learning
Authors: Phythian, Mark
First Published: 22-May-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Intelligence and National Security, 2017, 32 (5)
Abstract: This article considers the parallels between social science approaches to research and the practice of national security intelligence analysis. Just as it is important for policymakers and citizens to understand the limits to what intelligence can deliver, so it is important to recognize the limits to what social science methods can offer intelligence analysis. Moreover, it is at least equally important to recognise crucial differences in the environments in which mainstream social science research and national security intelligence analysis are conducted. A clear understanding of these is essential to thinking about the utility of social science approaches to intelligence analysis. Hence, the chapter begins by setting out what qualitative social science can offer and then goes on to explain why the straightforward application of social science techniques cannot of itself be regarded as a ‘silver bullet’ for the challenges confronting intelligence analysis.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02684527.2017.1310972
ISSN: 0268-4527
eISSN: 1743-9019
Embargo on file until: 22-Nov-2018
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: The file associated with this record is embargoed until 18 months after the date of publication. The final published version may be available through the links above.
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