The meetings will give participants an opportunity to discuss current and prospective challenges for intelligence practitioners and identify possible strategies to address these.

The idea is to surface and examine alternative viewpoints and assumptions on topics of mutual interest in a friendly and professional atmosphere. To do so, we will use the format of the Socrates Café. At each meeting, participants will select a question for discussion. We will then debate the question for approximately 2 hours.

Our next meeting will take place on 30 May at 3:00 PM CET. Before you register, please note the following rules:

  • Participation is free of charge.
  • The meeting will last approximately 2 hours and will be held virtually via Zoom.
  • To make the discussion productive, the number of participants is limited to 20.
  • The meeting is open to anyone interested in improving the profession of intelligence analysis, regardless of background or experience.
  • The discussion will be held in English. A good command of English is required.
  • All participants will be asked to:
    • Actively participate in the discussion
    • Behave in a courteous and professional manner
    • Welcome alternative views even if they disagree with what is being said
    • Observe the Chatham House Rule

Participants will be asked to submit their proposed questions for discussion at the beginning of the meeting. We will then vote to select the question that will be debated. Examples of questions include:

  • What challenges impede the effectiveness of intelligence analysis?
  • What skills will intelligence analysts be expected to have over the coming decade?
  • What is the future of the Euro-Atlantic intelligence alliance?
  • How can we bridge the gap between practitioners and academia?
  • What are current best practices on the education and training of intelligence analysts?
  • What role do structured analytic techniques (SATs) have in improving analytic outputs and outcomes?

The meeting will NOT be recorded. To register or for more information, please e-mail