When the first edition of Studies in Intelligence rolled off the presses this month in , the young CIA—it had just celebrated its eighth birthday—was engaged operationally around the world to protect or advance US interests in the Cold War against communism. At home, its intelligence analysts and their processes were maturing, as they sought to describe and understand the threats the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, North Vietnam and others posed to US interests. In no manual existed for this purpose. There was no foundational literature that represented the learning and views of professionals engaged in intelligence work. Along with the journal, which was first published soon after in September , Kent proposed the creation of a center for the study of intelligence. Sherman Kent That first issue of Studies —which is available in the National Archives—was pretty slim.
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History never really repeats itself but it does provide a frequently distorting lens through which contemporaries view the world unfolding around them. When, on February 27th, long-time Vladimir Putin critic Boris Nemtsov was gunned down by unknown assassins a few hundred metres from the walls of the Kremlin, many observers reached back into Russian history for analogies. Most have invoked what is probably the murkiest and most notorious of all the political assassinations in Russia over the preceding century, one that has continued to attract intense speculation and controversy. Indeed, only a few weeks before Nemtsov was shot dead, the Russian historical magazine Dilettante ran a series of articles devoted to the assassination on December 1st, of Politburo member and Leningrad Bolshevik Party boss, Sergei Kirov.
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