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The Coldest Front: The Central Intelligence Agency and American Antarctic Policy and Operations, 1947-59

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Intelligence History Brownbag

The Coldest Front: The Central Intelligence Agency and American Antarctic Policy and Operations, 1947-59

Dr. Bryan Lintott, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Prior to the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, the United States of America, which had reserved its own possible Antarctic territorial claim, was confounded by the dilemma of allies competing over Antarctic territory, and confronted by Soviet scientific bases on the continent. During this period, the Central Intelligence Agency was influential in government discussions that resulted in the United States providing the diplomatic leadership that brought about the Antarctic Treaty. This presentation will offer a historical narrative that highlights the role of the CIA in developing American Antarctic policy, and the CIA’s interest in Antarctic science within the context of the Cold War.

Dr. Bryan Lintott is a researcher based at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. He specializes in Antarctic history, heritage and international relations.Light appetizers will be served, but feel free to bring your lunch. This event is the latest in the irregular series of Intelligence History Brownbags jointly sponsored by the North American Society for Intelligence History, the Certificate in Intelligence at Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs, and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. These organizations are grateful to Johns Hopkins’ MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy for joining them in sponsoring this event.

This event will be held at the JHU DC campus located at 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, Room LL7. You can also join us online through our live stream. The link to the live stream will be sent in the registration confirmation.

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