Events

Am 7. Februar lud das Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda & Security Studies (ACIPSS) in Kooperation mit dem Fachbereich für . . .
Am 5. Dezember 2019 lud das ACIPSS gleich zu zwei Veranstaltungen ein. Am Vormittag präsentierten Dr. Christopher Nehring und Mag. . . .
Am 8. November fand in Wien eine weitere Veranstaltung zur Geschichte von Geheimdiensten statt, basierend auf einer Kooperation der Universität . . .

Projects

Seeking Influence and Power: Exploiting systemic vulnerabilities along the Danube and across the Balkans

In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda & Security Studies is working on a dedicated project on the region of Central- and Southeastern Europe (with a focus on the Western Balkans, Austria and Hungary). Selected experts address aspects of hybrid threats, the associated systemic and national vulnerabilities as well as their exploitation by global and regional actors.

Specific articles in the biannual Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies deal with topics such as vulnerabilities for subversion and power projection, hybrid threats or the influence of global developments on the region. Complementary to this, the exploitation of instability and social tensions, caused by war traumas, border changes and the stagnating EU integration, will be tackled.

In combination with the geopolitical power projections by external actors in the region and global crises (such as the resurgence of the "East-West" conflict and increasing trade wars between the USA, Europe and China), dynamics have emerged with decisive influence on the region. Together with the recent European crises (BREXIT, migration) these fault lines must be addressed and analyzed.

Therefore, ACIPSS and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are organizing public events in Berlin and Graz in the period 2020-2021, as well as a special issue of the bi-annual journal JIPSS. The aim is to contribute to research and public discourse and to put the region back in the spotlight.

Austrian exiles in World War II military intelligence of the US Army. A collective wartime biography of the „Ritchie Boys“

Sponsors:

The Future Funds of the Republic of Austria, Project No. P14-1658; Jubilee Funds of the Austrian National Bank, Project No. 16356

Project Team:

Siegfried Beer (project leader), Robert Lackner, Florian Traussnig

Project synopsis:

During the Second World War, hundreds of Austrian exiles and refugees served in various military intelligence organizations of the US Army. When US soldiers with crucial skills such as native knowledge of German and detailed local familiarity (geographic, topographic, economic, and strategic) were located, they most often found themselves transferred to the Military Intelligence Training Center in Camp Ritchie, Maryland as well as Camp Sharpe, Pennsylvania. There they were instructed in how to operate as interrogators of prisoners of war and propaganda specialists. Upon graduation, they would primarily see service on the Western Front in Europe, providing as intelligence experts and resistance supervisors an important contribution to the defeat of the Nazi regime.
The purpose of this project is to collect and analyze selected biographies of these exiled Austrians. For the first time it will be determined how many of these Austrian “Ritchie Boys” were trained by the US Army, where they saw action in the war and how they can be typologically, politically and socially assessed.

Database:

493 Austrians received an intelligence or propaganda training at the MITC. Their names including further biographical data are available in an online database.

Further documents:

Press Release (June 2018)
JIPSS article on the goals, protagonists and first highlights of the project (2015)

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Research & Teaching

ACIPSS and its academic leadership support numerous projects based in Austria and beyond examining a wide-range of topics spanning the globe. Below is a selection of completed and ongoing research projects being conducted under the umbrella of ACIPSS and by ACIPSS staff as well as theses supervised and courses given.

Ongoing Projects
Austrian exiles in World War II military intelligence of the US Army. A collective wartime biography of the „Ritchie Boys“ Sponsors: The Future Funds of the Republic of Austria, Project No. P14-1658; Jubilee Funds of the Austrian National Bank, Project No. 16356 Project Team: Siegfried Beer (project leader), Robert Lackner, Florian Traussnig Project synopsis: During the Second World War, hundreds of Austrian exiles and refugees served in various military intelligence organizations of the US Army. When US soldiers with crucial skills such as native knowledge of German and detailed local familiarity (geographic, topographic, economic, and strategic) were located, they most often found themselves transferred to the Military Intelligence Training Center in Camp Ritchie, Maryland as well as Camp Sharpe, Pennsylvania. There they were instructed in how to operate as interrogators of prisoners of war and propaganda specialists. Upon graduation, they would primarily see service on the Western Front in Europe, providing as intelligence experts and resistance supervisors an important contribution to the defeat of the Nazi regime. The purpose of this project is to collect and analyze selected biographies of these exiled Austrians. For the first time it will be determined how many of these Austrian “Ritchie Boys” were trained by the US Army, where they saw action in the war and how they can be typologically, politically and socially assessed. Database: 493 Austrians received an intelligence or propaganda training at the MITC. Their names including further biographical data are available in an online database. Further documents: Press Release (June 2018) JIPSS article on the goals, protagonists and first highlights of the project (2015)
Completed Projects (Selection)
CLIOHRES Sponsors: European Commission Project Team: Siegfried Beer, Eduard Staudinger, Andreas Gémes, Oliver Plauder, Mario Muigg, Wolfgang Göderle Project synopsis: In June of 2005 ACIPSS members began taking part in the CLIOHRES (“Creating Links and Innovative Overviews for a New History Research Agenda for the Citizens of a Growing Europe”) research project. This project is a result of the 6th Framework Program of the EU Commission with the express goal of fostering a better understanding of history and creating a self-portrait of present day Europe (based on that history). Researchers and doctoral students from 76 different institutions of higher learning (from 45 different countries) took part in the project which concluded in 2010. Additionally an annual assembly as well as two work-group meetings per year were organized throughout various university towns across Europe. The project placed a special emphasis on encouraging the work and publication of promising “up and coming” researchers. Alongside the various results of the work-groups, a series of doctoral dissertations (of those students involved) were also published. Siegfried Beer (ACIPSS Director) and Eduard Staudinger (JIPSS Associate Editor) were the organizers of the project for the University of Graz (the only Austrian institution to take part). Additionally four doctoral students (all of whom ACIPSS staff) were involved: Andreas Gémes (2005-2008), Oliver Plauder (2005-2008), Mario Muigg (2008-2010) and Wolfgang Göderle (2008-2010).
Academic Research (Selection)
Ongoing Dissertations Oliver Plauder, Die Rolle der amerikanischen, britischen und irischen Geheimdienste im Nordirlandkonflikt. Strategien und Taktiken im Kampf gegen die IRA Completed Dissertations Florian Traussnig, Geistiger Widerstand von außen –  Österreicher in US-Propagandainstitutionen des Zweiten Weltkriegs (2013) Gaj Trifkovic, Making Deals with the Enemy: Partisan-German Contacts and Prisoner Exchanges in Yugoslavia 1941-1945 (2013) Completed Master/Diploma Theses Duncan Bare, Hungarian Affairs of the US Office of Strategic Services in the Mediterranean theater of operations from June 1944 until September 1945 (2015) Jeremy Stöhs, The Decline of European Sea Power: Europe’s Navies in a Time of Austerity and Brinkmanship (2015) Armin Schmidhofer, The Power of the Swordless Samurai: New Threats and Perspectives for Japanese Security Policies in the 21st Century (2012) Robert Lackner, Zionist Terrorisim and Imperial Response. British Policies towards Jewish Resistance in Palestine, 1944-1948 (2009) Completed Bachelor Theses Duncan Bare, A Hungarian Show with American Assistance: The OSS “Sparrow” Mission to detach Hungary from the Axis in March 1944 (2013)
Courses (from 2004 onwards)
Sommersemester 2020

Intelligence and the National Security State since 1900 (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2019 / 20

Fälschung! Eine fächerübergreifende Spurensuche in der steirisch-innerösterreichischen Landesgeschichte (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2018 / 19

Maritime Strategie und Seemacht im 21. Jahrhundert (Universität Kiel)

Sommersemester 2018

State-building, Nation-building and International Order since 1500 (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2017 / 18

Intelligence in the Cold War: Did it Make a Difference? (Universität Graz)

Maritime Sicherheit und Strategie (Universität Kiel)

Wintersemester 2016 / 17

Peacemaking, Security and Espionage in International Politics since 1815 (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2015

Intelligence, Propaganda and Subversion in the Cold War Era (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2014

Intelligence and War in the Twentieth Century (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2013

Cold War Intelligence Revisited (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2012 / 13

Terrorism in Modern History (Universität Graz)

Wehrpflicht einst und heute (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2012

Dominant Issues of the 21st Century: Intelligence, Security, Terrorism (Universität Graz)

Propaganda since 1900 (Universität Graz)

Militär und Sicherheit (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2011 / 12

Terrorism in Modern History, 1500 to 2010 (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2011

Radio in the Second World War (Universität Graz)

Einführung in das Studium der Neueren Geschichte (Propaganda and Media in the First World War) (Universität Graz)

Militär als Thema interdisziplinärer Forschung (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2010 / 11

The National Security State since 1900. Internal and External Challenges to Order and Power (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2010

From Revolution to Global Hegemony. (The American Encounter with the World since 1776) (Universität Graz)

Intelligence Reform since World War II (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2009 / 10

Secrecy and Espionage in the Modern World, from Machiavelli to Obama (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2009

New Research in Intelligence and Security Studies (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2008 / 09

World War II at Home (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2006 / 07

A Warrior Nation? American Conflicts in Fact & Fiction (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2006

Intelligence Studies in Central Europe (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2005 / 06

Intelligence in World Politics since 1945 (Universität Graz)

Sommersemester 2005

Der frühe kalte Krieg (Universität Graz)

Wintersemester 2004 / 05

The Need to Know: Forging the Intelligence State, 1884-1947 (Universität Graz)

Militärbesetzungen und -verwaltungen von den Philippinen bis zum Irak (Universität Graz)


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