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Dr Daniela Richterova is Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her research and teaching focuses on Cold War intelligence history as well as contemporary issues related to intelligence liaison, counterterrorism intelligence, and intelligence analysis. Dr Richterova has presented her work at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Cambridge, and the SGI – the British Study Group in Intelligence.

Dr Richterova completed her Chancellors-funded PhD at the Politics and International Studies Department, University of Warwick. She is a member of the SGI’s Steering Committee, co-convenor of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, and teaches on the Cambridge Security Initiative’s specialist course in International Security and Intelligence (ISI). She earned her MA degree in War Studies at King´s College London and pursued her undergraduate studies in Politics and International Relations at Comenius University in Bratislava and NYU, New York.

Prior to her career in academia, Dr Richterova worked as a researcher and analyst at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels and later was head of program of GLOBSEC – The Bratislava Global Security Forum – an annual high-level conference on international security policy.

She is co-investigator on UKRI-funded research and practitioner training project ‘Transformation of Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism, 2001-25’ (with Dr Patrick Bury, University of Bath).


Research Interests

  • Cold War History
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Terrorism & Counterterrorism
  • Soviet Bloc/Russia



See a full list of Dr Richterova's publications on her PURE Profile.

Dr Richterova has published in International Affairs, The International History Review and in West European Politics. She is currently completing her monograph which explores communist Czechoslovakia’s relationship with violent Middle Eastern non-state actors - including the PLO and Carlos the Jackal (Georgetown University Press). She is series editor for ‘Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press.

To date, her research has been featured in The Guardian, The BBC, The Times on Sunday, The Daily Mail & The Mail on Sunday, the Israeli daily Maariv, the Czech Lidove noviny and Respekt, and the Slovak daily DennikN.

Most recently, Dr Richterova's work has been featured in The Secret Struggle for Cold War Dominance PODCAST available on all podcast platforms (@CWdominance; on FB as 'Secret Struggle for Cold War Dominance').



  • 7SSWM142 Intelligence in Peace and War (MA)
  • 7SSWM082 Political Violence, Counterterrorism and Human Rights (MA)

She is happy to offer PhD supervision in the following broad areas:

  • Intelligence history, particularly the former Soviet Bloc
  • Contemporary intelligence issues
  • History of terrorism and counterterrorism