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The intelligence war against the IRA

Leahy, Thomas 2020. The intelligence war against the IRA. Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781108767033

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Abstract

The exposure of two senior republicans as informers for British intelligence in 2005 led to a popular perception that the IRA had 'lost' the intelligence war and was pressurised into peace. In this first in-depth study across the entire conflict, Thomas Leahy re-evaluates the successes and failures of Britain's intelligence activities against the IRA, from the use of agents and informers to special-forces, surveillance and electronic intelligence. Using new interview material alongside memoirs and Irish and UK archival materials, he suggests that the IRA was not forced into peace by British intelligence. His work sheds new light on key questions in intelligence and security studies. How does British intelligence operate against paramilitaries? Is it effective? When should governments 'talk to terrorists'? And does regional variation explain the outcome of intelligence conflicts? This is a major contribution to the history of the conflict and of why peace emerged in Northern Ireland.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108767033
Funders: Scouloudi Historical Research Awards Institute of Historical Research
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 12:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130271

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