Intelligence Studies Section (ISS)

A map of ISS's Panel Titles from ISA 2013

Welcome to ISS

The Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) is devoted to the advancement of research on all aspects of intelligence as it relates to international studies. Dedicated to studying and teaching the specific subject of intelligence, the ISS also believes that the subject should be addressed in the larger context of international relations, foreign policy, international law, ethics, and the efforts of nation-states to maintain political, economic, and military security.

Members of the section are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including political science, history, international relations, sociology, and law. The ISS organizes panels at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association (ISA) and cooperates with other professional organizations in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain in promoting intelligence studies.


Erik Dahl | Section Chair
April 2018 - April 2021
Naval Postgraduate School

Cris Matei | Section Program Co-Chair
March 2019 - March 2020
Naval Postgraduate School

Damien Van Puyvelde | Section Program Co-Chair
March 2019 - March 2020
University of Glasgow

See Governance & Leadership

Become a Member

When you become an ISA member, you can add on an ISS membership for a low fee. Membership dues help to support section activities and awards.

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The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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