Igor Lukes, Professor of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published an article in Pritomnost about the expansion of U.S. intelligence gathering efforts and the growth of U.S. intelligence agencies throughout the country’s history.
From President Washington to President Trump, Lukes outlines the evolution of U.S. intelligence community and what the future might hold.
The stability of a country’s legal system is best tested in a crisis, when much is at stake and the public is willing to accept the use of measures that supposedly achieve results, even if they are illegal. It is a truth that needs to be acknowledged that the legacy of Guantanamo, waterboarding, sleep and sensory deprivation against detainees who had no recourse to U.S. courts has diminished America’s standing as a beacon of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. Justly or not, this has had an impact on how U.S. intelligence agencies are now perceived around the world.
The full op-ed can be read here.
Igor Lukes is university professor of international relations and history at the Pardee School, 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 him here.