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The Cold War and the Culture of Secrecy

Tuesday 13 January 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Matthew Connelly; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

Official secrecy in the U.S. during the Cold War altered the culture of government and served many hidden agendas. Classified information became an institutional asset to be traded for other kinds of access and information. Security clearances became a way to police behavior, such that homosexuals and others deemed to be deviant could be driven from government. At the same time, senior officials who leaked classified information – such as false reports that the Soviets were opening a “missile gap” – could use tactic to gain higher office. The ship of state, it was said, was the only kind that leaked from the top.

This public lecture is third in the LSE IDEAS Philippe Roman Lecture Series 2014-15

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Professor Matthew Connelly is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2014-2015.




Professor Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations.