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Dr Huw  Dylan

Dr Huw Dylan

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Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies and International Security

Director of the MA in Intelligence and International Security.

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • History
  • Security

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Huw Dylan is a Senior Lecturer in Intelligence and International Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is a historian of British and American intelligence and security, specialising in the work of British intelligence, and their allies, during the Cold War. He holds BScEcon, MScEcon, and PhD degrees. His PhD was focused on the redesign of the British intelligence community following the Second World War, and the creation of the Joint Intelligence Bureau, which led the British effort on technical, economic, and topographic intelligence for decades.

He joined the Department of War Studies in 2009, where he now leads the MA in Intelligence and International Security. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School from 2014 and 2019. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. He regularly comments on intelligence and security issues on the British media.


Research Interests

  • The history of 20th Century intelligence, and contemporary intelligence and security.
  • Cold War deception operations.
  • Clandestine diplomacy and intelligence politics.
  • Surveillance

Dr Dylan is currently working on a variety of projects related to intelligence and security. He is examining the British approach to deception in the Cold War, and how they adapted to the challenges of operating against the USSR and its allies. He is also working on intelligence politics, and how states use their intelligence agencies in quasi diplomatic roles. He is also working on issues related to intelligence culture.



Dr Dylan leads the MA in Intelligence and International Security. In this capacity he leads the core module for the MA programme, ‘Intelligence in Peace and War.’ He also leads the MA module the ‘Past and Present of British Intelligence’. And contributes to a number of other modules, including ‘Intelligence in War Studies’.

He also leads the summer school course ‘Secrets and Spies’.

He is happy to undertake supervision of PhD projects related to intelligence and security more broadly, with a particular interest in intelligence history. Currently he is supervising a wide range of projects, spanning from histories of British colonial intelligence, to US covert action, to the conceptual base of cyber operations. He has supervised a variety of PhD projects to a successful outcome, including studies of US Naval Intelligence, and British military intelligence in the Cold War.



Dr Dylan’s books include:

  • Defence Intelligence and the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • The CIA and the Pursuit of Security (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Security, Risk, and Intelligence (Palgrave, 2017)


His research articles include:

  • ‘SIS, Grigori Tokaev, and the London Controlling Section : New perspectives on a Cold War defector and Cold War deception’ in War in History, Vol. 26, No. 4.
  • ‘Operation TIGRESS : deception for counterintelligence and Britain’s 1952 atomic test’ in Journal of Intelligence History, Vol. 14, No. 1.
  • ‘Super-weapons and Subversion: British Deterrence by Deception Operations in the Early Cold War’ in Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 38, No. 5.

Please refer to the Research Portal for a full list of publications