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RUSI/Economist Debate: 'Is the Joint Intelligence Committee a Model Arrangement or a Discredited One'

21 February 2005, 0:00

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This event represented a timely opportunity to consider several key issues: Should the political and intelligence worlds be more closely linked, or more carefully separated? Does any country's management of its intelligence services achieve the correct balance between political considerations and the national interest? Is the JIC the best imaginable arrangement, or just the least bad?

The distinguished panel debating the topic included:

Sir Rodric Braithwaite GCMG, Chairman of Moscow School of Political Studies

The Rt Hon The Lord King of Bridgwater CH, Former Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee

Dame Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG, Chairman of QinetiQ

The Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell CBE QC MP, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesman

The debate was chaired by Edward Lucas, Britain correspondent at The Economist.

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