Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, published a Forum24 article outlining the rise of espionage in Russia and the counterbalance from the West that followed.
In his article, titled “Zpravodajské služby USA a SSSR v časech studené války (US intelligence services and the USSR during the Cold War),” Lukes describes intelligence services as central to Russia. Until the Cold War, he notes that Western democracies thought of intelligence services as “a fool’s game.” The United States, for example, established the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1947 as a result of fears that Joseph Stalin would try to strike the West. Lukes also shares the story of U.S. Cold Ward intelligence agents.
The full article can be read (in Czech) on Forum24‘s website.
Igor Lukes is a past winner of the 1997 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2020 winner of the Gitner Prize for Faculty Excellence at the Pardee School. He writes primarily about Central Europe. His work has won the support of various other institutions, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more about Professor Lukes on his faculty profile.